Apple Inc. did not participate at the Consumer Electronics show, but its presence was apparent as many companies demonstrated their smart home products which was anyhow linked to the Apple’s HomeKit.
Apple HomeKit is used for controlling lights and electronic appliances through a mobile app. The question strikes in mind, how an Apple HomeKit really works? In simple words we can say that it’s a way to fuse all the smarthome products through a single controlling power. Suppose a company manufactures light switches than it could only be controlled through the manufacturer’s app. Similarly another company manufactures the main door, which is again controlled only through that manufacturer’s app. But with HomeKit, firms can integrate their apps into sole software platform which can be controlled through the iPhone or the iPad.
Basic Requirements & The Changeover
The basic requirement to feel the change is the owner should have an iPhone or an IPad with iOS 8. Since the software platform would be enabled in the iOS 8 hence it is a must. Secondly for using the HomeKit, a HomeKit capable product is also required which would be made available Apple shortly. To start with, HomeKit power plug like iHome, iDevices and Grid Connect would be the best option which would soon be available between the range of $40 & $80. The appliance hooks into the plug, which is then inserted into a regular electric outlet. The HomeKit power plug is equipped with a HomeKit licensed chipset with a wireless connection to get instructions from the app.
Once the basic requirements and the connections are made the Homekit is all set to use and it can even change the theme of the room. HomeKit even provides the option to create multiple combinations to create an ambience as per the desire. The utility can be used for a group of rooms and is just not limited to a single room.