Home Automation

iOS 10 Will Reportedly Include Standalone HomeKit App

While the idea of HomeKit is great, it integrates with Siri and can be used with a ton of connected devices, a lot is left to be desired. According to a report from MacRumors, an Apple employee appears to have leaked the arrival of a standalone 'HomeKit' app. According to an Amazon reviewer, who claims...

Apple’s ‘HomeKit’ Home Automation Compatibility Details Revealed

According to a report by 9to5Mac, Apple will allow its upcoming HomeKit platform to work with certain existing, non-HomeKit home automation products, though there are a few limitations. Citing unnamed sources, the source claims that the latest Made for iPhone (MFi) licensing program specifications detail the types of home automation products other than HomeKit that Apple...

Samsung Acquires Home Automation Startup SmartThings For $200 Million

Today, Samsung announced that it has acquired home automation startup SmartThings. While neither Samsung or SmartThings revealed the financial details about the acquisition, Re/code reports that the Korean tech giant paid $200 million for the startup.  In a blog post, SmartThings CEO Alex Hawkinson said: “It has always been our goal to create a totally...

Apple Reportedly Developing Mainstream Smart Home Hardware

Apple introduced a new software development kit (SDK) called HomeKit earlier this month at the WWDC 2014, which would allow users to pair their Apple devices with locks, lights, cameras, doors, thermostats, plugs and switches, to control individual devices or group devices into scenes using Siri. Today, a new report by 9to5Mac is claiming that the Cupertino...

Google’s Nest Acquires Dropcam for $555 Million

On Friday, Google-owned Nest acquired San Francisco-based Dropcam, a company that makes home monitoring cameras, for $555 million. According to Re/code, Nest has acquired Dropcam without any assistance from Google. The company is set to incorporate Dropcam into the Nest brand. In an interview with Re/code, Nest co-founder and VP of engineering Matt Rogers said:...

Here’s How Apple Plans to Automate your Home with HomeKit

During the World Wide Developer’s Conference (WWDC) keynote event in San Francisco on Tuesday, Apple introduced a new software development kit with which it plans to enter the fast growing market of home automation, the HomeKit. To understand Apple’s database-driven approach to home automation, Mashable has put up an interesting article, detailing what Apple meant when...

Easy Home Automation with the WeMo Light Switch from Belkin

  Thanks to Belkin and its line of WeMo products, you don’t need to overhaul your home or build a new one to take advantage of advances in home automation. I’ve been using their WeMo Switch for a couple of years, and this past Christmas I got the WeMo Light Switch. It’s easy to setup […]

Apple Is Working On Home Automation Technology With Adaptive User Tracking

A new Apple patent awarded today by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office shows the company is working on home automation technology that can adaptively track a user's location by obtaining information from an iPhone or a Mac, and then use the data to intelligently control devices remotely, including home appliances (via AppleInsider). With companies like Nest...