All you need to know about Apple HomeKit
Apple HomeKit is a technology from Apple company focused on streamlining home automation. Technology such as actuators for standing desk help lift the desk with just a button pushes such that it changes heights depending on how the user wants to work. Manufacturers such as Philips Hue Lights adopt HomeKit into their smart devices. Siri a single interface commands HomeKit-aided accessories that are safe and easy to control. A HomeKit-compatible application is used to set the home plus all rooms with appliances, then triggers and actions are used to control the accessories.
The importance of HomeKit
People who have used smart lights, controlling them using easy-to-operate iOS App need HomeKit in order to aid smart lights communicate with smart blinds. HomeKit helps users to hook together both smart lights and smart blinds and control them using one interface and set to function simultaneously at particular time. However, without Home Kit, one has to manually control every accessory using personal, third-party apps plus set each to perform a certain action at a particular time. However, HomeKit uses Siri a unified interface that gives voice commands to the smart accessories. Moreover, HomeKit enforces end-to-end encryption amongst every smart device and iOS accessories. This makes it hard for third parties to steal data or hack the communication or control the home automation.
Is HomeKit available yet?
Yes, HomeKit is still available and manufacturers can add support today and Apple approves them and their devices can function after pairing with Siri. There are various Apple devices that work with HomeKit including iPod touch, iPad, and iPhone with iOS 8.1 or higher versions. Moreover, watchOS 2 used with Apple Watch can control all HomeKit accessories. An Apple TV can also control accessories using Siri commands.
Which is available Home App or HomeKit?
For now, Apple is allowing users use third-party applications that come with smart accessories. However, once all set the HomeKit-compatible app will enable users control HomeKit-aided accessory using Siri where no HomeKit app will be required.
The available smart accessories
Apple requires all manufacturers of HomeKit-enabled accessories to add HomeKit support into their accessories plus companion apps, as well as enter Apple’s Made for iPhone certification. Some of the MFI-accredited devices include Elgato’s Eve sensors, Ecobee’s thermostat, Lutron’s Caseta Wireless system for controlling lights, iHome for wall sockets; Insteon enables control several accessories including sensors. Switches, cameras and others.
How to get started with HomeKit
The first step is pairing, where HomeKit requires iPod touch, iPad, iPhone with iOS 8.1 or over. The HomeKit-compatible app is downloaded from App Store. Upon pairing, Siri commands are used to control accessories with commands such as “turn off the lights”. Apple Watch and Apple TV can also be used to give Siri commands.
How grouping works
It is possible to group all accessories in rooms, homes or scenes using individual apps in the smart accessories. Then through one Siri command, a group of accessories are controlled. For instance, “Goodnight” command may lock the doors, switch off the lights and set the alarm.
Any HomeKit alternatives?
For being unique, Apple’s Homekit has a tougher competition. However, Samsung offers Samsung Smart Home for home automation while another app, SmartThings has been developed. A major rivalry is projected to come from Google through Nest Labs, a company Google acquired and will specialize in home automation.
Role of linear actuators at smart home and home automation
In order to work properly, a linear actuator has 4 main parts. These parts include the nut, motor, fixed cover and sliding tube. The motor is the main part of the actuator and powered by electric power. The motor turns the nut located beneath the sliding tube either clockwise or anticlockwise. These movements make the sliding tube and the nut to retract or extend in the fixed cover. The software controls the movement of linear actuators as a way to set proper rhythm and consistency of the accessory. The linear actuators are installed anywhere inside the home where motion automation is needed.