HomeKit Enabled Devices Have Arrived

HomeKit Enabled Devices Have Arrived

As this year’s WWDC keynote creeps closer, we see some of the results of last year’s conference. During last year’s keynote speech, Apple unveiled a new developer framework called HomeKit. As the name implies, this was designed to integrate your home with your iOS device. When the Apple Watch went on sale earlier this year, Apple announced the device will support HomeKit to easily connect your smarthome to your smartwatch. These devices are now making their way onto store shelves.

Among them is the Lutron Caseta Wieless Kit, which sells for $230. This simple concept provides a wireless bridge that connects to your iOS device. Then the bridge connects to various Lutron devices including in wall switches, plug-in switches, and motorized shades. Once everythign is set up, a user can easily change the lighting situations in his/her home using an Apple Watch app.

There are several others, including the ecobee3, a $300 HomeKit-enabled thermostat. Undoubtedly, more devices are on the way, and the smarthome is a concept that is rapidly gaining popularity. Apple may have a few more surprises tucked up their sleeves at WWDC 2015 next week, and it appears that the Apple Watch is the new remote control.

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