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Topic: Smart Home

How to create your own HomeKit camera with a Raspberry Pi and HomeBridge

03/21/2018, 11:03 am

Though Apple's HomeKit home automation platform has supported cameras for over a year, manufacturers have been slow to bring compatible devices to market. Learn how you can create your own HomeKit security camera for around $60 in this tutorial.


Homekit-compatible ecobee Switch+ smart light switch shipping in end of March

03/13/2018, 11:03 am

The long-awaited ecobee Switch+, a smart light switch that offers Siri HomeKit voice control via far-field voice technology, is coming at the end of March.


HomeKit-compatible Philips Hue Bridge updated to support Zigbee 3.0 smart light bulbs

02/07/2018, 02:02 pm

Philips has issued new firmware for its HomeKit-compatible Hue lighting system, updating the Bridge to include support for Zigbee 3.0, allowing it to work with a wider array of connected lights, lamps, and similar devices produced by other companies.


Orbit brings HomeKit support to B-hyve Smart Wi-Fi sprinkler timer range alongside two new arrivals

01/08/2018, 04:01 pm

At CES, Orbit announced two new products and an integration with Apple HomeKit, with the B-hyve hose Faucet Timer offered as a simple way to add timing functionality to an existing sprinkler system, the B-hyve Indoor brings the ability to manage the sprinklers inside the house, and HomeKit support makes it all controllable through the Home app.


Kohler launches Kohler Konnect smart home range of iPhone-configurable bathroom and kitchen fixtures

01/08/2018, 09:01 am

Kitchen and bathroom fixture producer Kohler has created its own smart home platform, Kohler Konnect, which allows some of its products to communicate with HomeKit and other smart home frameworks, as well as offering control via an iPhone app and through voice commands.


C by GE smart bulbs gaining HomeKit support in early 2018

01/02/2018, 09:01 am

GE is still planning on bringing HomeKit compatibility to its C by GE smart lightbulb lineup, pledging support for Apple's smart home platform in its C-Life and C-Sleep bulbs and C-Reach Hub in early 2018, long after its original support announcement last year.


August unveils HomeKit-compatible Smart Lock Pro, redesigned Smart Lock and Doorbell Cam Pro

09/19/2017, 12:09 am

Smart lock manufacturer August on Tuesday unveiled a new hardware lineup headlined by the revamped Smart Lock Pro, a HomeKit-compatible retrofit device that boasts all-new "DoorSense" technology that alerts users when their door is left ajar. A second, more affordable device also launched, as did a new version of the Doorbell Cam.


Hands on: D-Link Omna 180, the first Apple HomeKit security camera

02/17/2017, 12:02 pm

This week, accessory maker D-Link began shipping the Omna 180, the first security camera on the market boasting compatibility with Apple's HomeKit line of smart home accessories. AppleInsider offers a closer look at the new hardware that can keep your home safe.


iDevices HomeKit accessories add Amazon Alexa voice control

07/11/2016, 01:07 pm

The Siri-friendly iDevices stable of smart home gadgets has now been enhanced with Amazon Alexa compatibility, giving users more flexibility in voice control options.


Second-gen August Smart Lock with Apple HomeKit support now shipping

04/28/2016, 09:04 am

The newly launched August Smart Lock includes support for Apple's HomeKit, allowing users to lock, unlock and check the status of their door lock with voice commands using Siri.


Open source HomeBridge links 3rd-party smart home devices like Nest to Apple's HomeKit

12/08/2015, 12:12 pm

Users looking to connect their existing smart home setup to Apple's HomeKit ecosystem can turn to Homebridge, an open-source tool that brings voice control to popular devices from Nest, Sonos and others.


Google launches OnHub Wi-Fi router, delays 'Ara' modular phone tests to 2016

08/18/2015, 02:08 pm

Google on Tuesday launched preorders for the OnHub, a new 802.11ac Wi-Fi router it hopes will simplify wireless connections and will also act as a hub for smart home appliances. But the company also acknowledged that its Project Ara modular smartphone won't reach the public until at least 2016.


Quirky and GE unveil new suite of affordable smart home devices, sensor 'micro-factory'

11/11/2014, 09:11 pm

Smart home technology startup Quirky, in partnership with GE, on Tuesday introduced a new line of economical smart home products that works together with its Wink hub and app ecosystem to control everything from HVAC to garage doors.


Apple's rumored smart home platform may not live up to hype, report says

05/29/2014, 06:05 pm

Following rumors that Apple is planning to debut a smart home platform at WWDC, a report on Thursday claims the unannounced program is not as ambitious as market watchers and pundits first thought.


Apple's smart home platform may finally unite legion of isolated devices

05/26/2014, 07:05 pm

Apple is reportedly on the verge of announcing a new iOS-based platform that will integrate with users' "smart home" systems, a move that could finally tie together a sea of individual devices -- and controllers -- to turn the niche "Internet of things" into a mainstream market.


Apple expected to unveil new smart home platform at WWDC - report

05/26/2014, 10:05 am

At next week's Worldwide Developer Conference, Apple is apparently planning to make a big splash in the connected "smart home" market, introducing new ways for the iPhone, iPad and even Apple TV to control lights, security systems and other household appliances.


General Electric and Quirky unveil iPhone-connected smart A/C unit

03/19/2014, 12:03 pm

Window-mounted air conditioners are the latest appliance to receive a connected home makeover, as crowdsourced invention company Quirky and appliance giant GE have unveiled the new iPhone-compatible Aros smart air conditioning unit.