As an Apple technology enthusiast, I’m particularly interested in Apple HomeKit which promises to “use your iOS device to control any of the accessories that you have in your home, like lights, locks, thermostats, smart plugs, and more.” I have an iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch as well as an Apple TV. Here’s my initial short list of home automation tasks:
- Garage door. Open, close and check on the status of my garage doors (did I leave one open?) from my Apple Watch and iPhone – both on premise and when away from my house (via Apple TV) using both Siri and touch. Chamberlain “MyQ” comes closest to this need but lacks HomeKit and Apple Watch support for its mobile app. Since Chamberlain is an Apple partner, I’m hoping these features will be added. Amazon sells the MyQ for $100
- Lighting. Control lights from my Apple Watch and iPhone both on premise and when away from my house (via Apple TV) using both Siri and touch. GE recently announced “plans to engineer a color-changing LED compatible with Apple’s HomeKit ecosystem. Embedded with GE Align™ technology, GE’s HomeKit-enabled LED bulb takes smart home technology a step further, giving consumers the ability to automate lighting according to the body’s natural sleep circadian rhythm.” The bulbs are expected to ship later in 2015.
- Home thermostat. I currently have a basic, programable thermostat and I’m interested in purchasing one that offers the ability to “learn” and better control including HomeKit support.
That’s my short for Apple HomeKit home automation. I’d be interested in your thoughts and impressions.