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These are the devices compatible with Apple’s HomeKit market

In 2015, the first products HomeKit – certified MFi (“Made for iPhone”, for its acronym in English) came out to the sale. The certification ensured that it was smart devices for the home with a chip authentication, and subjected to rigorous testing to get the official stamp of approval from Apple. With all their lyrics: it was a question of devices that are compatible with Apple HomeKit.

The horn HomePod Apple works as a hub with Siri built in. Previously, you needed an Apple TV to control devices remotely, and the interactions are carried out through an iPhone or iPad. Many devices HomeKit are also compatible with the speakers from Amazon and devices Google Home, so that you can use the voice control with a variety of speakers.

Below we give a list of some of the best devices compatible with HomeKit. Note that, although extensive, this is not a complete list, since several companies have announced the integration of its products with HomeKit, but are not yet on the market. Therefore, we will be updating this list as more products are already available.

Locks

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August Smart Lock Pro + Connect allows you to do things such as track who is coming and going, to give access to specific people, or lock and unlock the door remotely. In addition, it adheres to your existing locks, which means that you don’t have to buy a new set of keys for the house. Not only it is compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant, it is also with Apple HomeKit.

Do not want to have to worry about the key of a house? Yale Assure Lock then it is the answer, as it uses a touchscreen keyboard. If you update your Yale Assure Lock (models YRD246 or YRD256) with a network module Yale iM1, will be compatible with Apple HomeKit.

The module usually costs about $50, and will allow you to control the lock with voice commands and more.

Also, the lock smart Schlage Sense is another great option. Has a keypad and a lock, you can also use your smartphone as your key. It comes in a wide variety of styles and finishes, and is compatible with Apple HomeKit and most of the other systems of home automation.

Lights

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The system Apple HomeKit is compatible with Philips Hue Bridge, which means that you only have to say “Hey Siri …” to control your line of lighting products, Philips Hue, such as light strips and bulbs. You can adjust the attenuation, change the colors in certain rooms, you can sync your lights, set scenes and more. The Philips Starter Starter Kit is a great way to start with smart lighting.

The LED bulbs LIFX A19 are another excellent option compatible with HomeKit. To deliver 1,100 lumens, are as bright as a 75-watt incandescent bulb. But, they are energy-efficient with only 11 watts, and have a useful life of 22 years. With 16 million color options and without the hub, the LIFX A19 offer a lot in a light bulb compact in size.

If you want something a little different, light panels, triangular Nanoleaf are a great option, as they are not only smart, but also you can mold them into the design you want. Connect to Apple’s HomeKit to enable different designs and combinations. Even has an add-on of rhythm, so that your panels and your music will work in sync, as the great source of the famous Bellagio hotel in Las Vegas.

Outlets and receptacles

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“Hey, Siri, dim the lights in the bedroom.” Wemo WiFi Smart Dimmer allows you to control your lights by voice, schedule them according to a specific schedule, optimize them in function of the bulbs that you are using and avoid the flickering. With Apple’s HomeKit, you can tell Siri to turn off the lights to go to sleep, or you can make that turn on the lights in the morning.

Sometimes, light switches intelligent are not so attractive because they seem more like devices that belong to a hospital that the wall switches normal that belong to a house. The wall switch Eve is a bit more attractive. In addition, it is easy to set up, as it connects via Bluetooth. You can automate your lights with timers, or set up scenes with Siri.

Another option well successful is to use a wall outlet smart, which allows you to control the devices that connect (such as lamps, christmas lights or even the appliances). The Mini-plug smart Wemo allows you to control a connected device with your voice or phone when you connect to Apple’s HomeKit.

Eve Energy: the Smart Plug & Power Meter also allows you to control your device connected with your phone or voice via Apple’s HomeKit. But in addition to being a plug smart, is also a meter that registers the amount of energy used by your device, so you can save more energy and save on electricity costs.

Thermostats

Although the smart thermostat from Ecobee 4 Smart comes with Alexa built in, it is also compatible with Google Home and Apple HomeKit. Account with a sensor of the environment to manage the cold and hot spots in your home, and you can also use the programming, or geofencing to manage heating and cooling of your home.

If you want something a little more economic, the Ecobee 3 Lite still has so much to offer, it works with HomeKit and other systems home smart, but does not have the Alexa’s built-in thermostat.

The thermostat Lyric T5 Honeywell is also compatible with HomeKit, and it’s a very cost-effective. It has features such as geofencing, scheduling, and alerts smart. The automatic adaptive does so for the thermostat to learn how long it takes to heat or cool your home to the desired temperature at specific times, and the thermostat can also automatically change from heat to cold.

Cameras

The Circle 2 from Logitech is a smart choice if you’re looking for a security camera that can be used in interior and exterior. It is resistant to weather, easy to configure and comes with some free features pretty decent, as the storage in the cloud 24 hours a day and alerts smart with photos. Some of the more advanced features, such as the detection of people and motion zones, require a paid subscription (after a free trial of 10 days).

The D-Link Omna 180 Cam is another good option. We like the fact that it has a slot for Micro SD card built-in 128 GB capacity, so you can record video clips based on triggers of movement. Also looks like a droid. It is important to note that, if you want to stream a camera enabled with HomeKit remotely, you need a HomePod, a Apple TV 4K, or Apple TV (4th generation).

Apple HomeKit supports other safety devices outside of the cameras. Sensors such as wireless sensors Koogeek for doors / windows can add additional security to the home, while at the same time allows you to do things like turn on the lights when the door is opened.

*Updated by Maria Teresa Lopes may 15, 2019.

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