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WeberHaus Builds Houses With HomeKit

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WeberHaus Builds Houses With HomeKit

German pre-fabricated house builder WeberHuas announces it will start adding HomeKit in smart homes, allowing customers to control "everything in their home" via iDevice or Siri.

As a result, HomeKit and the Home app can be used instead of the WeberHaus home control system, WeberLogic 2.0 and the MyControl app from BootUp, with an iPad or Apple TV acting as home hub. WeberHaus does not detail the products found in its buildings, but it says customers can adjust underfloor heating systems, blinds and lighting through iDevice. One can also HomeKit-compatible radiator valves, light bulbs and sensors.

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Lutron Systems Getting HomeKit, Alexa Support

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Lutron Systems Getting HomeKit, Alexa Support

ISE 2017 sees Lutron announce the HomeWorks QS home control and GRAFIK RA 2 lighting and shading solutions now work with Apple HomeKit, Amazon Alexa and Sonos.

As the company puts it, the three "alliances with best-in class brands" make it easier for customers to interact with and control connected homes, while "enhancing peace of mind and improving the quality of life."

Apple HomeKit support comes from March 2017, and covers the Lutron Connect Bridge and GRAFIK RA 2 systems. It enables users to control Lutron systems via the Home app, Siri or 3rd party HomeKit apps on iPhone or iPad. Thus, one can tell Siri to "turn the lights off" and the Bridge turns off the lighting in the entire house. Users can also ask Siri to check if the lights in a specific room are on or off.

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The Brilliant Control Light Switch Replacement

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The Brilliant Control Light Switch Replacement

Brilliant proposes customers replace all their light switches with the Control-- a small touchscreen tablet designed to control lighting, as well as any number of connected devices.

The Control has a 5-inch touchscreen and provides swip-based control for lighting, music and climate. It pairs with a number of smart home devices, including the Nest thermostat, Sonos speakers, Philips Hue bulbs, Ring doorbells and the Honewbell Lyric automation hub via wifi and Bluetooth, and is compatible with IFTT as well as SmartThings and Wink hubs. On the lighting side it is 120V, 5Amp control and dimming compatible through a single switch gang box.

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Reuters: Amazon Threatens Apple in Smart Home

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Reuters: Amazon Threatens Apple in Smart Home

Reuters details the differences in the approach to smart home adopted by Apple and Amazon-- Apple keeps tight control over the use of HomeKit, while Amazon offers an open-systems approach.

The article points out connected home is important to both companies, if for different reasons. Apple built a home automation architecture in order to to keep the iPhone in "the centre of customers' lives," while Amazon wants to provide customers with  online shopping without the intermediary of a smartphone or browser built by another company.

Different approaches lead to, of course, different results. Apple demands special certification for vendors wanting to adopt HomeKit, as well as the purchase of special HomeKit-compatible chips and specific wifi/Bluetooth radios. As a result the number of HomeKit-certified devices currently clocks at 100, far behind the 250 devices certified to work with Alexa.

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Nest Smart Home Expands in Europe

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Nest Smart Home Expands in Europe

Nest looks to expand further in Europe as it announces the availability of the Nest Learning Thermostat, Nest Cam Indoor and Outdoor, and Nest Protect products in Austria, Germany, Italy and Spain.

“Nest is focused on creating a home that takes care of the people inside it and the world around it,” the company says. “This expansion brings us closer to achieving our goal of helping people around the world save energy, stay safe, and feel secure in their homes.”

Such products were first available the UK since April 2014, and are currently already sold in Belgium, France, Ireland, the Netherlands and the UK. Since then the company has seen many a change, including the departure of CEO Tony Fadell, the introduction of the Nest Cam and the acquisition of smart home rival Revolv.

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A Universal Language for the IoT

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A Universal Language for the IoT

The ZigBee Alliance takes to CES to unveil Dotdot-- a "universal language" for the devices making the Internet of Things (IoT), first seen at the show running over a Thread IP-based network.

As announcement release puts it, the majority of IoT devices do not "speak" the same language, even if they use the same wireless technology. This leads to arguably needless complexity for developers, while limiting customers to single-vendor systems. Enter Dotdot, an application layer at the heart of ZigBee technology developers can apply across other IoT networks.

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Ledvance Intros HomeKit-Enabled Smart Bulb

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Ledvance Intros HomeKit-Enabled Smart Bulb

Lighting vendor Ledvance presents the Sylvania Smart Multicolor A19-- a HomeKit-enabled smart bulb customers can control via Siri or Home app, without need for a separate hub controller.

Installation promises to be very easy, since one simply needs to screw the bulb in place before syncing with HomeKit. The bulb works when users are both inside or outside the home, with a connected Apple TV or iOS 10-enabled iPad acting as a hub for remote control. Customers can combine the Sylvania smart bulbs with other HomeKit-enabled devices to create custom scenes through the Home app, such as an "I'm on my way home" command activating lights, unlocking the door and turning on the thermostat.

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Elgato Intros HomeKit-Enabled Eve Motion Sensor

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Elgato Intros HomeKit-Enabled Eve Motion Sensor

Elgato announces the Eve Motion-- an Apple HomeKit-enabled wireless motion sensor customers can place anywhere in the house, indoor or outdoors, thanks to IPX 3 water resistance.

The Eve Motion is a small, square-shaped device able to pair with other HomeKit accessories via Bluetooth LE, with no bridge/hub device required. It runs on x2 AA batteries, has a 120-degree field of view and 9m range, with response time of 2 seconds.

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The HomeKit-Enabled Apache Fan

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The HomeKit-Enabled Apache Fan

Hunter Fan announces a HomeKit-enabled wifi-connected ceiling fan-- the Apache, a second such fan from the company following the Signal, an offering first seen back at CES 2016.

HomeKit connectivity allows users to remotely control fans either individually or within groups via Home app or Siri on iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch. Customers can also set groups of HomeKit-enabled products able to work together according to triggers, so the fan light can switch on when the fire alarm detects smoke, or automatically turn on the fan light when the front doors are locked.

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Netatmo Monitors Home Air Quality

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Netatmo Monitors Home Air Quality

French hardware startup Netatmo announces a means for customers to monitor indoor air quality-- the Healthy Home Coach, a cylindrical device acting as a climate monitor for the home.

Similar in shape and size to Netatmo's Welcome Camera, the Healthy Home Coach records air quality, humidity, temperature and noise data, before offering advice on how to improve indoor quality of life based on the companion mobile device app. After all, according to the company a poorly ventilated room can lead to high indoor pollution, dry air can cause itchy skin and humid air encourages the growth of mold.

Users can also set different profiles depending on the use of the room in question-- for instance, the device can be more sensitive if used in a room occupied by a baby or a child with asthma.

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iDevices Bundles Smart Home Essentials

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iDevices Bundles Smart Home Essentials

iDevices announces as a simpler means for introducing customers to possibilites of connected devices-- Smart Home Essentials, a kit packaging ten light bulb adapters and plugs together with necessary support.

The specific devices included the Smart Home Essentials kit are x3 iDevices Switches (indoor connected plugs), x5 Switches (indoor connected plugs) and x2 Outdoor Switches (rain-tight connected plugs). All are compatible with Apple HomeKit and Alexa, and require no additional central hub or gateway.

A companion iDevices app allows users to add devices to home networks, securely pair them with smartphones or tablets, add them to a room, set dynamic schedules, and add custom photos and names. All devices are compatible with other products with HomeKit and Alexa support.

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