What you need to know
- Somfy has announced that HomeKit is coming to its line of motorized shades.
- HomeKit will begin rolling out as a free firmware update on December 1st.
- A total of 13 motorized shades and screens will be compatible with HomeKit at launch.
Somfy has announced (via iFun.de) that it will be bringing support for Apple's HomeKit to its line of motorized shades starting next month. Beginning December 1st, a free update to the Somfy TaHome Gateway will add Home app, CarPlay, and Siri controls to roller shutters, outdoor blinds, vertical awnings, screens, terrace awnings, and pergolas within the io-motorized range.
The upcoming update follows previous rollouts earlier this year that brought HomeKit to Somfy's Indoor and Outdoor Security Cameras. A support document from Somfy lists a total of 13 different io-motorized products that will gain HomeKit compatibility, and additional information will be added closer to the release on a dedicated HomeKit page.
HomeKit controls will include the ability to open and close Somfy shades remotely, in partial increments, and with scenes and automation that can make management completely hands-free. In addition to HomeKit, the TaHoma Gateway currently supports over 200 smart accessories and voice assistant integration with Amazon's Alexa and Google Assistant.
Christopher spends most of his time writing and dreaming about all things HomeKit and the Home app. Whether it is installing smart light switches, testing the latest door locks, or automating his households daily routines, Christopher has done it all.
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