Three New HomeKit-Compatible Devices Announced at CES
By Shannon Nargi
BU News Service
Las Vegas— Smart home gadgets have dominated the International CES scene so far, signaling a trend that will keep going for 2015. From controlling the temperature of your home to having the ability to turn on and off lights and appliances remotely from your smart phone, everything is starting to be connected wirelessly.
Apple has been at the forefront of this technology, announcing HomeKit, the Cupertino company’s mobile platform for smart homes announced last summer at its World Wide Developer’s Conference, but the tech giant has been noticeably absent on the follow through of these devices. Very little has been revealed about how or when the technology will be made publicly available, but we may have just received more clues at CES.
With HomeKit, Apple won’t be the one making devices to control your home, but rather supplying the support and framework for other vendors to create these products more easily. Such as with iDevices, those products will be housed in one place, and one app, all on your mobile device.
While the tech giant is not present at the event, iDevices, Schlage and Chamberlain are three companies that announced HomeKit compatible devices that will be available later in the year.
iDevices Switch, which will launch in Q2, is a fully functional device that plugs into any light socket in an individual’s home, allowing the owner to access controls over the functions in their home. From turning on the lights to locking doors, Switch talks to your home network via WiFi to control what you want and when. Home owners will also be able to put devices on a timer in order to turn on and off automatically.
Lock maker Schlage will also offer a HomeKit-compatible lock for home doors, which will incorporate both Bluetooth and WiFi in order to connect to the user’s iPhone and save power, which will be available later this year.
The last big HomeKit device will be available through Chamberlain garage door openers, which will allow a homeowner to remotely open and close their garage door from their phone as well as track when the door is opened and closed; great for parents of teens who don’t come home on time for curfew.
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