Koogeek Smart Plug converts regular light socket into Apple HomeKit lightSmarthome vendor Koogeek has updated its line of HomeKit products, and has released the Smart Socket —a device that plugs into any Edison-style lightbulb receptacle turning it into a Siri-controllable light.
The recently released Smart Socket plugs into any standard E26 or E27 socket, and will drive any bulb up to 25 watts —making it more suited to LED and CFL bulbs than incandescent ones. Fully HomeKit compatible, the hardware and app allows for schedule setting, use in Scenes, Siri control, and control from outside the house, when used in conjunction with a HomeKit Hub.
The app allows for monitoring of real-time, daily, and monthly power consumption of the bulb in the socket.
Not all lamps are physically compatible with the Smart Socket. The socket extension adds about two inches to the distance between the end of the bulb and the socket, and is also two inches in diameter.
The Koogeek Smart Socket is only available in white, and available now for $39.99.
While a fourth-generation Apple TV is able to be used as a HomeKit hub, starting with iOS 10, an iPad can be used as well. Further improvements to HomeKit in iOS 10.2 added support for for notifications from a variety of HomeKit accessories, including window coverings, occupancy, motion, door and window detectors, smoke, carbon monoxide, and water leak sensors.
Apple announced in October that it expects to have more than 100 HomeKit-compatible accessories available on the market by the end of this year. Device maker support has been slow due in part to Apple's requirements for a proprietary HomeKit chip, which helps to secure smart home devices.