Leave it to Apple when it comes to making home automation a mainstream topic thanks to Apple’s HomeKit. In case you don’t have a clue as to what the Apple HomeKit is, it is a framework in iOS 8 whereas it will enable owners to configure and customize their HomeKit accessories and be controlled by Siri. So to make things short, HomeKit is here to make living a whole lot better.
While the voice-activation command feature may not sound that new – considering that the Amazon Echo has already introduced this feature – it’s safe to say that Apple will still have a massive following for their home automation devices. What Apple has to offer, on the other hand, is the convenience of being able to use Siri to make household commands everywhere you go – as long as you’re still on the network, that is.
The New and Improved Siri
Apple’s Siri plays a very important role to HomeKit as it will pretty much act as the main hub so you can access it anytime. Since most people are attached to their smart phones, it wouldn’t be hard to easily access what you need by hollering at Siri.
Apart from its capabilities to tell you about the weather, you can now command Siri to turn on/off the lights or adjust the temperature according to your personal taste thanks to its compatibility with HomeKit. If you’ve always wanted to have voice-controlled home automation, this is the perfect product for you.
HomeKit Compatibility for smart home devices 2015
As of June of 2015, there are a few compatible hardware that is compatible with the HomeKit. Despite lacking some hardware, these devices are more than enough to provide you with the basics. Here are the current available HomeKit-enabled devices:
- Ecobee3 Smarter WiFi Thermostat with Remote Sensor
- Elgato Eve Door & Window
- Elgato Eve Energy
- Elgate Eve Weather
- Elgato Eve Room
- iHome Control Smart Plug
- Insteon Hub Pro
- Lutron Smart Bridge
- Lutron Smart Bridge Pro
- Lutron Smart Lighting Kit for Wall and Ceiling Lights
- Lutron Smart Lighting Kit for Lamps
With these devices available on your network, you can seamlessly integrate it with Siri to make the most out of your home automation experience. Another thing worth mentioning is that we will be expecting more and more home automation devices in the near future considering that it is becoming the next global standard for modern luxury living.
Comparison between Z-Wave and HomeKit
If we are going to base the comparison between Z-Wave devices and HomeKit-compatible devices solely on the amount of devices and customizations you can do, it’s safe to assume that Z-Wave Alliance currently holds the lead. With over 300 products that are Z-Wave-certified, you will have options as to how you will be able to control every surface inside your home.
The only noticeable drawback for some people is the vulnerability of these smart home devices due to the lack of effective security. Countless videos online suggest that home automation needs a lot of work to do when it comes to making these devices hack-proof but at the moment, we can only assume that these can have hotfixes sometime soon.
The Apple Edge
For people who have been actively following the whole smart home niche, you would probably be surprised that Apple has not made any huge steps when it comes to HomeKit despite being released roughly a year ago. This is due to the fact that Apple is making sure that the companies they are working with passes their criteria when it comes to reliability as well as security dependency. With that in mind, you can expect that Apple will make sure that their home automation accessories would not share the same vulnerability of other smart home products.
Since Apple has a massive cult-like following when it comes their tech devices, you can easily say that their HomeKit would come up useful in the long run assuming that the products currently out are not susceptible to network-related and compatibility issues.