Here Are The First Connected Home Devices For Apple’s HomeKit | TechCrunch
Apple’s HomeKit is finally starting to roll out to actual consumers, via the first crop of HomeKit-enabled accessories from third-party manufacturers. This means you’ll soon be able to get your hands on a range of products for the connected home that work with Siri on your iOS device, and that you’ll be able to do so as soon as today, since some of the new HomeKit accessories start shipping now.
The accessories in question range from sensors, to lights, to thermostats, to smart outlets, and come from a group of accessory-makers with a trusted reputation in the connected home industry. HomeKit may have taken a while to arrive, but it’s doing so in grand fashion, with a practical lineup to get your home connected to your iOS ecosystem in an essential way.
The Elgato Eve is a set of connected wireless sensors that monitor key factors like indoor air quality, temperature, humidity as well as conditions outside, like temperature, humidity and air pressure. Four sensors are included in the box, including Room for indoor monitoring, Weather for outdoor stats, Door & Window for checking open/closed status of those entry points, and Energy for checking what’s drawing power and switching them on and off remotely.
Using HomeKit, iOS device users with 8.1 or above can check on all the stats gathered by the Eve from their devices, and even do so when they’re away from home using Apple TV (generation 3 or later with OS version 7.0 or later), thanks to its ability to act as a HomeKit remote hub.
Pre-order for the Even sensors kicks off today, at Walmart.com and Amazon, and you’ll be able to pick them up from the Apple Store starting in July when they hit shelves. Sensors are sold individually at $79.99 for Eve Room, $49.95 for Eve Weather, $49.95 for Eve Energy and $39.95 for Eve Door & Window, and the app is free.
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