Wemo is adding Apple HomeKit support, with the new Wemo Bridge joining the gap between the iOS smart home system and its remotely-controlled plugs and light switches. Announced last year, Wemo has confirmed today at CES 2018 that the Wemo Bridge is now on sale. It promises easy setup by plugging via ethernet cable into your existing router.
Alexa and the Google Assistant may soon be living in your ceiling lights or light switches, with GE Lighting announcing plans for new, voice-assistant enabled fixtures for the smart home. The updates will come to the manufacturer's C by GE range, which already includes wirelessly-enabled light bulbs and lamps.
iOS 11.2 has been out in the wild now for a month so you’d expect most of the critical bugs and issues to have surfaced by now. Well, most of them have but that does still leave room for some undiscovered problem. Unfortunately, that was indeed the somewhat frightening case that HomeKit users with smart locks may have been blissfully unaware of. It turns out that iOS 11.2 brought with it a vulnerability that allowed unauthorized persons to unlock doors and garages remotely via Apple’ smart home platform.
IKEA may have somewhat become a household name when it comes to minimalist, modular and hip furniture, but it isn’t known for jumping into the smart home arena head on. That should have changed last August, when it promised to add support for the three major smart home and AI assistants in the market. Fast forward three months later, it is only now that the IKEA Tradfri line of connected bulbs is getting integration with Apple HomeKit and Amazon Alexa, with Google Home still left behind.
Yale has added Apple HomeKit support to its smart locks, launching a plug-in module that gives remote control to your iPhone or iPad. The Yale iM1 Network Module plugs into models from Yale's Assure Lock range. Then, either using the Apple Home app or Siri on an iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch, you can lock and unlock the door.
This week the folks at Philips got wise to the world of Apple HomeKit, making Philips Hue king of the smart home button in the process. Philips Hue incorporating buttons into Apple's HomeKit means they'll take a new command of the market. "With a press of a button, or a movement of your body," said Philips, "you can activate your favorite Apple Home app scenes."
If Apple has its way, your entire home will someday be Siri-enabled. Between its various hardware options like the iPhone, Apple Watch and (soon) HomePod, the underlying software that is HomeKit can make your entire home controllable via voice. For many of us, the garage is a daily use portal, which makes it ripe for disruption via Siri. The underlying question is whether or not that’s even a good idea. Instead of wondering, we decided to find out using Chamberlain’s new MyQ Home Bridge.
Logitech has announced that its relatively new Circle 2 security camera will soon be getting support for Apple HomeKit. This new team up between Logitech and Apple goes deeper than just an update for new and existing Circle 2 cameras, as it also means that Apple Stores across the US and Europe will soon begin selling the Circle 2 camera and at least some of its accessories.
If you want connected home security, Apple’s HomeKit framework is pretty sparse. It’s one of the weak-points of the platform. The only officially listed ‘security’ device for HomeKit is Honeywell’s Lyric Controller, but it’s not available yet. There are plenty of other options available for DIY home security, but they don’t work with HomeKit. It’s a conundrum, but there’s (sort of) a fix. Instead of a proper security system, you can patch one together using cameras and sensors. It works, too – maybe even better than bespoke systems.
There has been a great deal of new smart devices for homes with great new features, especially at IFA 2017 in Berlin this week. The problem with this flood of new products, however, is that older products tend to get left by the wayside, dreaming of better days. Showing that it has not forgotten its faithful followers, Netatmo has just announced that its Presence outdoor security camera and Welcome indoor camera will soon be controllable from an iPhone, iPad, or even Apple Watch.. No additional actions or purchases required.
Apple's Siri connectivity to smart home devices is getting a real boost with Elgato's latest collection of devices. Included in the mix is Eve Thermo, Eve Lock, Eve Window Guard, Eve Smoke, and Eve Aqua. The only one of these coming to the United States as of now is the the Eve Aqua, a device that allows you to control your hose's release of water.