HomeKit is where the dearth is – no one wants Apple’s IoT tech

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:

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iOS 10: How to control HomeKit devices with the Home app – 9to5Mac

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.

 

Cisco, Salesforce Form a Cloud and IoT Alliance

Longtime tech stalwart Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) has been working feverishly to become a significant player in the cloud and Internet of Things (IoT) markets. salesforce.com (NYSE: CRM), on the other hand, was one of the first to shift to the cloud, where it has lately been working to make its user experience more intuitive.

On Thursday, the two tech giants announced they are forming a strategic partnership to “jointly develop and market solutions that join Cisco’s collaboration, IoT and contact center platforms with Salesforce Sales Cloud, IoT Cloud and Service Cloud.”
Source: Cisco, Salesforce Form a Cloud and IoT Alliance | Investopedia

This IoT rabbit hole goes way too deep, but a few industry focuses I am considering are starting to reveal themselves. I am going to start playing close attention to IoT platforms and the partnerships that are forming between various vendors. I am also going to start keeping an eye specifically on news around Apple’s HomeKit and Google’s IoT platform elements, Brillo and Weave, as the eventually come to market.

These platform partnerships, and the vendors that integrate Apple’s and Google’s IoT platforms, are the best shot I currently see for determining the immediate direction of consumer IoT and home automation.