IR blaster?

Discussion in 'HomeKit, HomePod, CarPlay, Home & Auto Technology' started by tridot, Oct 30, 2017.

  1. tridot macrumors regular

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    Are there any IR blasters compatible with HomeKit on the horizon? I've been watching the bond.io one for over a year and they still haven't managed to ship a product. Thanks for any suggestions!
     
  2. Lumpy05 macrumors regular

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    I dont understand your question, IR blaster is a "dumb" device" typically taking an IR signal from one location and send the signal via wire to another location. Examples would be IR devices hidden from the remote in an cabinet or utility closet.

    What is your application and why do you want it to be homekit enabled?
     
  3. Narked Diver macrumors regular

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    I’m using the Broadlink RM Mini 3 IR transmitter with a piece of software called Homebridge to make it work with Home Kit

    Currently I can use Siri to turn my TV and AC on and off, and I have them added to my Home Kit ‘Leaving Home’ scene
     
  4. cynics macrumors G4

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    A smart ir blaster can be programmed with remote of that device than you can use an app from your smartphone and/tablet to control that device.

    I presume They are looking for a native HomeKit version. Example, hey Siri turn on the TV, hey Siri turn to channel 11,etc...

    I’m not aware of such a native device unfortunately.
     
  5. Lumpy05 macrumors regular

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    I got it. Harmony home hub is good with great at device support and decent iPhone app, but not HomeKit. Not sure why HomeKit would be useful still interested in the use scenario. Walk in house and turn tv on automatically?
     
  6. boston04and07 macrumors 68000

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    I have some older devices in my house that use old school IR remotes to control their functionality, (my automatic porch awning and an air conditioning unit in particular), so i could definitely see this type of thing being useful beyond TVs. I’d find this pretty cool. It’d be nice if the awning could automatically extend at say, 10am in the summertime on the weekends from an IR blaster pointed at it from the inside, or something.
     
  7. cynics macrumors G4

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    You could have a scene too. Have Siri turn on the tv and specific lighting comes on like Hue Bloom or something. I have a movie scene to turn off most lights and dim the living room to 10%, but it doesn’t turn on the tv obviously.
     

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