Apple Intros HomeKit for Controlling Smart Homes Remotely
Apple's WWDC keynote included the announcement of HomeKit, which is designed to enable users to remotely control their thermostats, adjust lighting and more.As anticipated, Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) keynote included the introduction to a platform for controlling the home. The platform, called HomeKit, will work with brands such as Philips, Honeywell, Kwikset and Neatamo and enable users to do things like remotely control their thermostats, adjust their lighting, and lock or unlock their doors. Craig Federighi, Apple's senior vice president of software engineering, said HomeKit integrates with Siri, so users will be able to give a command, such as, "Get ready for bed," and HomeKit will perform a series of pre-specified actions, such as making sure the garage door is down, setting the security system, lowering the thermostat and dimming the lights. "While 'wearables' … have attracted the greatest attention, TBR believes the greater potential market is in fixed devices in the home," Technology Business Research Principal Analyst Ezra Gottheil wrote in a May 29 research report on the Internet of things (IoT). "The leader in this category is the Nest thermostat, offered by the Next Labs, now a subsidiary of Google," Gottheil continued. "We think the consumer IoT will complement and often lead the commercial IoT, and together they will fuel a wave of innovation and expansion in all segments of IT."
TBR analyst Jack Narcotta told eWEEK after Apple's announcement that the offering will start with things like "lighting and climate controls," but it's just a matter of time before a consumer can tell Siri he wants to watch, "Breaking Bad, season 4, Episode 3 in the family room," give Siri an iTunes gift card number to pay for it, and have the episode purchased, cued up and ready to go before he's got a snack ready to sit down with.