Get one App to manage all your Apple HomeKit devices, for just $5.99 US the new PowerHouz App offers new advanced functionalities to help you manage your connected devices. The App removes the need to have an App for each device in your home. New features include triggers, which allow you to preset events for your devices based on pre-programmed events happening. These can be based on your location, the time of day and even special events like Sunset/Sunrise/Twilight.
Since CES the news have been buzzing about Apple’s HomeKit framework and its possible connectivity issues with other connected home solutions. First the headline was, if users don’t have Apple TV then they won’t be able to use Siri voice control with their other connected appliances. And now, the news is if users other connected devices are not Apple MFi certified they will have limited are no access at all or devices that are not certified can connect via a HomeKit compatible bridge solution.
With the smart home sector estimated to worth billions it is an attractive market to be in at the moment. Therefore, many businesses and individuals are marketing their solution to create their own niche. On the other hand many of us who write about these technologies have heard solutions announced all the time but never see it or hear about it after that announcement. The latest big announcement was Apple Homekit, Apple’s version of a connected home platform.
Over the last couple of weeks the news has been a washed with speculation on what the new Apple home solution will be. On Monday at the Apple annual Worldwide Developers Conference, the mystery solution was finally unveiled as Apple Homekit, a new connected home solution coming to your home soon. I think what Apple done this week; they should have done from 2009 or even earlier. Why? Because it was from then that the public and home automation solutions providers need their support.