Three New Products to Get Your Projects Connected

iDevices, Chamberlain, and Schlage are all introducing new products that work on Apple's HomeKit technology, allowing household devices to be controlled from iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch. This is just the tip of the Internet of Things iceberg, but using respected brands on a familiar platform is one way to ease in to the connected home world.

iDevices is helping homeowners easily plug into home automation with its HomeKit-enabled Switch device. Any item plugged into Switch can be turned on and off using the iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch, including operating through Siri voice commands. The compact design features a nightlight and a side-mounted outlet making it easy to use behind furniture if necessary. Using the iDevices Connected app also lets users access other HomeKit-enabled products in their home. iDevices

We first saw MyQ technology on garage door openers from Chamberlain's LiftMaster brand in 2012. Now, Chamberlain is expanding the connectivity of its openers by adding support for Apple's HomeKit platform. The tool will allow consumers to monitor and control their MyQ-enabled garage door from anywhere using iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, making Chamberlain openers part of an ecosystem of HomeKit-enabled products. Chamberalin

Expected to launch in the second half of 2015, Schlage Sense will be a HomeKit-enabled addition to the maker's Keyless Era platform, which already includes three keyless entry options. Users will be able to operate and check the status of their Schlage Sense lock with their iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch, and even use Siri voice commands to lock and unlock the door. Manage and schedule up to 30 access codes through the system, which features Grade 1 security from the Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association, and a built-in alarm that alerts users when it senses potential door attacks. Schlage Sense locks will be available in two styles and a variety of finishes, including matte black. Schlage

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