• Several HomeKit Devices Launch Prior to Next Week's WWDC Event



    Roughly one year after HomeKit was announced and less than a week before WWDC 2015, the first devices certified for compatibility with the iPhone maker’s new home automation framework have begun to hit shelves from companies like Insteon, Lutron and iHome.

    Insteon, which already makes a variety of smart home devices, is now shipping the Insteon Hub. This $149 device adds HomeKit support to the company’s existing lineup. Furthermore, a new HomeKit-enabled version of the Insteon+ control app is also reportedly on the way.

    Lutron, which is another home automation company, has recently updated its Caseta wireless lighting systems with HomeKit support. New users will be able to pick up a start kit from Apple Stores for $230 while existing Caseta users should be able to add HomeKit capability by replacing the bridge for $119.

    The folks over at iHome recently added a new SmartPlug, which will be available for preorders next week. The SmartPlug can control any appliance, even “dumb” appliances such as lamps, by using HomeKit.

    Another company by the name of Elgato unveiled the Eve lineup of environmental sensors which start at $79.99. The device lets users collect data on air quality, temperature, humidity, air pressure and energy consumption in their home. Furthermore, additional sensors can monitor the status of doors and windows as well.

    Last but not least, Ecobee is also in on the party, announcing that its flagship smart thermostat will also be gaining HomeKit support sometime this summer. General Electric will also be joining the HomeKit offerings in the future with its own line of smart bulbs.

    The slews of announcements all come after Apple promised that the first HomeKit-enabled products would begin to ship this month after it was previously mentioned the software problems had caused delays. We’re likely to find out more news about HomeKit and Apple’s initiative in the home at WWDC next week. Stay tuned!

    Source: AppleInsider
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Several HomeKit Devices Launch Prior to Next Week's WWDC Event started by Akshay Masand View original post
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