1. Akshay Masand's Avatar

    As part of today’s unveiling of iOS 8, Apple took the covers off of HomeKit, a new framework for connected home devices that allow users to easily control their home devices using the iOS platform. The Cupertino California company says they worked with a number of manufacturers including large names like Cree and Haier to create the system. Among the supported devices are smart locks, lights, cameras, doors, plugs, switches and thermostats.

    One of the features, Secure Pairing, is designed to enhance security. Secure Pairing ensures that only the registered iOS device can activate connected items like locks and is said to be quick to set up. HomeKit also allows users to group devices into scenes or control devices individually. For example, a number of lights in a living room could be grouped together to create a relaxing mood, while others could be turned on while working.

    Additionally, HomeKit integrates with the Siri personal digital assistant. Users will have the option to tell Siri to turn on the lights in the living room or open the garage door for example.

    What do you think of the HomeKit framework? Is it something you’d eventually like to try and use for your household?

    Twitter: @AkshayMasand
    2014-06-03 05:15 AM
  2. steve-z17's Avatar
    This is really cool, I was hoping Apple would jump in the game.
    2014-06-03 07:13 AM