In early June 2014 Apple announced one of the company’s newest, groundbreaking products “HomeKit” during Apple’s World Wide Developer’s Conference. Held every year since 1990, the World Wide Developer’s Conference has become an important conference in the technology industry, giving Apple a way to showcase their newest products. Attendees are able to participate in in-depth sessions and work directly with Apple engineers.
Why Apple (and others) see HomeKit as revolutionary to the home automation industry is because it offers a central hub for all your lights, cameras, door locks, switches, thermostats, plugs and other connected devices.
Every room, setting, device and function is named in the HomeKit system. HomeKit uses Siri, the company’s intelligent voice assistant system to help you control everything within your home. HomeKit works in conjunction with automated smart appliances giving users a centralized way to control all of the devices.
“There are a lot of great home automation devices coming on the market these days,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior VP of software engineering, while unveiling details about the new product at the conference. He also also pointed out that all of the automation devices come with apps with their own network protocol. What Apple offers is a way to make it easier for app developers to integrate app functionality with iOS devices. Using a common network protocol also ensures only your iPhone can open your garage or unlock your door. In addition, Federighi explains, with HomeKit you have the ability to group devices into “scenes.” By using Siri integration, you can use a simple phrase such as “get ready for bed” and your garage will close, your doors lock, your lights dim and your thermostat lowers.
Intelligent homes are a growing trend, as you may have noticed by the various blogs we’ve published. Check out our past blogs on the subject including Home Efficiency: Smart Home Ideas, Smart Home Regrets and Top 10 Design Trends in New Homes.
We knew it wouldn’t be long before big name technology companies like Apple would jump into the game. Apple, in particular, prides itself on providing high-quality, reliable products with intuitive features. Their home automation products are sure to bring something extra to the table.
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