With the plethora of new developer sessions from Apple’s WWDC 2017 being released over the next week, it always makes for the perfect time to do some house cleaning and reprioritize my learning paths. Grab the broom and dust pan…here I go.
In reference to Ecobee’s latest product release, the Ecobee Lite, I came across this little snippet regarding Apple’s HomeKit:
But nowhere in its marketing materials is Apple’s HomeKit mentioned, despite the extra effort and cost the company has to go to in order to work with the system.Source: HomeKit is where the dearth is – no one wants Apple’s IoT tech • The Register
It would take far too much time and effort to try and counterpoint what I’m seeing as a trend of articles dismissing Apple’s HomeKit platform. That is not a battle I want to get into at the moment, but in seeing the line I quoted above, I decided to go take a look on Ecobee’s website to see about a lack of HomeKit branding:
Like the Lyric Round™ Wi-Fi Thermostat, the Lyric T Series is Apple® HomeKit™ compatible, which allows homeowners to set up special actions and even access other HomeKit-enabled devices around the home safely and securely. With Siri, users can change the temperature of their home without lifting a finger. And the Lyric T5 can use voice control with Amazon Alexa-enabled devices, such as the Echo, and will soon be available on Amazon’s latest service Tap.
Source: Honeywell Expands Lyric™ Family of Smart Thermostats in Time for Home Heating Season
Since I am an iOS developer, I’m keeping a close eye on Apple HomeKit enabled devices as they come out, with a particular interest in what other IoT platforms these devices work with. This one is the latest from Honeywell.
In my day job at Tack Mobile, I’m currently working on an app for a client’s legacy connected device that will be using HomeKit in their next hardware release, so want stay on top of what other connected device vendors are doing with their HomeKit enabled products and apps.
Resident Apple HomeKit enthusiast, Zac Hall, already wrote a thorough walkthrough of the new Home app during the initial iOS 10 beta period, but now that iOS 10 and watchOS 3 are shipping, it’s only right to give it another in-depth visit with a corresponding walkthrough.Source: iOS 10: How to control HomeKit devices with the Home app – 9to5Mac
Very thorough video walkthrough of Apple’s freshly released Home app and setting up your HomeKit-enabled connected devices. There is also a link to written walkthrough. I can’t say that I am actually a fan of Apple’s Home app itself from a user experience perspective, but it is a solid start. The app is also a good exposure to the concept of configuring and controlling the automation of a mix of connected home products in conjunction with other products and product types.
This is exactly the type of IoT product company I’ve been looking for. One of their focuses appears to be building their products, and in turn, part of their business plan, on the Apple HomeKit platform. I am sure that they will continue to expand their product’s platform compatibility (looks like their products work with Alexa too), but to have a company that we can watch as it evolves its platform and business model along with the IoT marketplace is a pretty valuable litmus test for HomeKit.
My main interest is iDevices integration of HomeKit and how their systems grow to incorporate other IoT platforms as they evolve. Google’s Weave more specifically, if and when it is fully released. I’m just starting my homework on them, but you can expect to hear more about them when I get a chance to do a deeper dive.