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Ahead of Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference, several of the company's HomeKit partners are today announcing the availability of the first HomeKit-compatible products. HomeKit is Apple's home automation platform, first introduced at the 2014 Worldwide Developers Conference.

HomeKit provides a standardized framework for manufacturers that develop home automation products, letting them interface with the Apple ecosystem and with each other. Through HomeKit, connected devices like lights, thermostats, speakers, smart plugs, and more can be controlled by Siri. For example, HomeKit enables commands like "Siri, turn off my lights," or "Siri, turn the temperature up before I get home."

Though HomeKit was announced in 2014, it has taken nearly a year for companies to complete Apple's certification process and get products ready for store shelves. Several companies like iDevices, Schlage, and Elgato have previously announced plans for HomeKit-compatible products, but until today, no products were ready to launch.

The first three companies to announce completed HomeKit-compatible products that will be available for purchase shortly are Lutron, iHome, and Elgato. Lutron is debuting its Cas
 

teslo

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i like the concept of a smart home, but holy god, if it doesn't seem like dutifully placing yourself into an Orwellian 'Big Bro' home. any good articles lately on what smart homes will mean for privacy?
 
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MrXiro

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What are the odds that the Quirky Wink set up will be Homekit Compatible? Already have that set up and don't want to have to buy all new gear just to turn on some light bulbs.
 
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tasset

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What are the odds that the Quirky Wink set up will be Homekit Compatible? Already have that set up and don't want to have to buy all new gear just to turn on some light bulbs.

Good question. I already have half a dozen GE bulbs with a Wink hub (which is flaky), and won't invest in any more without Homekit compatibility. Still waiting on Incipio's stuff to drop because their prices seem to be far more reasonable.
http://blog.incipio.com/home/incipi...-apple-homekit-at-2015-international-ces.html
 
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Crzyrio

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Man, all of this looks awesome.

Cant wait to see what else is coming. Hopefully we get a Nest update too.
 
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Treq

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What are the odds that the Quirky Wink set up will be Homekit Compatible? Already have that set up and don't want to have to buy all new gear just to turn on some light bulbs.

I went with WeMo, so I'm in the same boat as you wondering if my existing system is going to work. Wish there was more info on this, but I just can't find any.
 
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UnseenLlama

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I went with WeMo, so I'm in the same boat as you wondering if my existing system is going to work. Wish there was more info on this, but I just can't find any.

From all the announcements today, looks like new hardware is required. I have the Lutron hub, and even that is stating I need a new bridge. Really sucks for those that have purchased the hardware already.
 
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critter13

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still waiting for a homekit system that has an alarm! insteon has the largest portfolio of products but they are strictly automation, not security. Just put an audio alarm in the hub please!
 
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tkukoc

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Way to pricey for what it does, but of course prices are always high to start. I'll pick something up on clearance in a month.
 
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powers74

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All I want is some kind of little dongle I can wire into my ceiling fans so I don't have to use the ******* ******* ***** ** ****** *************** ***** ******* ******** ****** ****** remote they came with.
 
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Can't wait for Hue to work with HomeKit.
Yeah. I bought Hue with four bulbs before hearing about HomeKit. Hoping they provide an answer soon. I have been holding out because they don't seem to be moving fast at all. I am still considering switching to a different solution but suspect we will hear a lot more next week.
 
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tasset

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Bait and switch. Incipio announced at CES for $25. By the time it got to their website, it was $40.

Very unfortunate if true. Not that I don't believe you, but link please? The only Incipio info I can find is directly from their January announcement.
 
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boshii

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Yeah. I bought Hue with four bulbs before hearing about HomeKit. Hoping they provide an answer soon. I have been holding out because they don't seem to be moving fast at all. I am still considering switching to a different solution but suspect we will hear a lot more next week.
I have 6 bulbs and two Taps so hopefully I won't have to switch.
 
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Bob Hudson

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All I want is some kind of little dongle I can wire into my ceiling fans so I don't have to use the ******* ******* ***** ** ****** *************** ***** ******* ******** ****** ****** remote they came with.
Check out Big Ass Fans. The have an app for control and are great fans.
 
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Spanky Deluxe

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I wanted to post about how cool this new HomeKit stuff is and how I can't wait for the prices to drop so that it'll be reasonable to replace a whole house with HomeKit supporting plugs but instead all I could think when I saw the article was that the top socket looks like he's angrily doing something to a surprised lower socket:
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