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.
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
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