What you need to know
- A pair of new HomeKit accessories have made an appearance on Amazon.
- The VOCOlinc VS1 Smart Contact Sensor is listed as a pre-order and will be in stock on June 28th.
- The LifeSmart Cololight Strip can be ordered with immediate shipping today.
Two new HomeKit-enabled accessories have made their debut on Amazon today, the VOCOlinc VS1 Smart Contact Sensor (opens in new tab), and the LifeSmart Cololight Strip (opens in new tab). Both accessories are available for order now, although VOCOlinc's latest is listed as coming into stock on June 28th.
The VOCOlinc VS1 Smart Contact Sensor is a compact HomeKit accessory that attaches to directly to doors and windows for instant security. The two-piece sensor uses a magnet to determine if a door or window is closed and can send notifications through Apple's Home app. The sensor can also be used to trigger automations, such as turning on lights when entering.
The VS1 uses Bluetooth for direct communication to HomeKit, without the need for an additional hub. However, to enable remote access and automations, users will need an Apple TV, HomePod, or an iPad. VOCOlinc's sensor runs on a single CR2032 battery and is rated for up to six months of usage.
Also making its debut today on Amazon is the LifeSmart Cololight Strip. The HomeKit-enabled light strip comes in two different lengths, and is capable of producing the industry standard of 16 million different colors and shades of white.
The Cololight Strip also has several unique features, including IP65 weather resistance, and a built-in microphone. The microphone allows it to react to music with light effects when enabled with the LifeSmart app (opens in new tab). Rounding out the feature set is Wi-Fi connectivity, and the ability to extend the overall length up to 16.4 feet.
The VOCOlinc VS1 is available for pre-order now on Amazon in both a single pack (opens in new tab), and a double pack (opens in new tab), with a listed in stock date of June 28th. The single pack starts at $22.99, but there appears to be a coupon on the listing that can be clipped to save an additional 10% off. The two-pack is sold for $36.99, with a similar coupon available that takes $3 off.
The LifeSmart Cololight is available now for immediate shipping with prices starting at $44.99 (opens in new tab) for the smaller length. The larger of the two has a retail price of $54.99 (opens in new tab).
Secure them all
VOCOlinc's Contact Sensor adds instant security when attached to any door or window. This Bluetooth sensor can send notifications and start automations instantly when it opens or closes.
The LifeSmart Cololight Strip can display up to 16 million different colors and shades of white. Other highlights include IP65 weather resistance, a built-in microphone for music, and extendable length.
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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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