Updated on June 20, 2016
Integrate All And Bring Home Control to Another Level- Apple HomeKit
Since the first appearance of Home App, We have seen and heard not less than hundreds of pieces of information so far. And also, we have covered several reports to you. The thing is, the following questions are always asked by people, for instance: Is the development of this technology mature enough? Does it work really well? or Can I control them all with only one device?
Indeed, these are typical questions common people want to know. However, Once you have a chance to utilize this technology, you eventually realize things sometimes don’t turn out what you have expected. Umm. I love to go deeper and discuss more whenever it comes to inventors creating better technology than they used to do. So, let’s take a look at Apple HomeKit today. First of all, I have to admit Home Apps literally bring us great convenience in daily life, The only concern that bothers is each of device requires an individual App so as to remote control it. The situation occurs even when diverse products come from the same brand/ company. Saying nothing of all different products of other brands. The circumstances is truly awkward.
The difficulty of this technology is integration. I believe everyone would like to turn on related/ connected appliances with only one button rather than turn them on one by one with different apps, Now, Apple showed the world its new app called HomeKit at Apple WWDC. Interestingly, It seems that Apple is literally good at turning the third parties’ peripheral accessories into it own products via some specific approval. (LOL). According to its official page, HomeKit is a framework for communicating with and controlling connected accessories in a user’s home. And the next statement interested me a lot- You can create actions to control those devices. Users can group actions together and trigger them using Siri. It sounds pretty exciting to me.
Additionally, HomeKit enabled accessories such as lights, locks, thermostats and more. Learn about the improvements to HomeKit, including support for new accessory types, easy ways to setup and remotely manage accessories. Isn’t it awesome to look at this news? This new app provides seamless integration between accessories and iOS devices, making a public API available for configuring and communicating with those devices. What’s more, there are 3 major functions HomeKit assists, or maybe I should put “allows” third-party apps to perform based on the official statement.
- Discover accessories and add them to a persistent, cross-device home configuration database.
- Display, edit, and act upon the data in the home configuration database.
- Communicate with configured accessories and services to get them to perform actions, such as turning on the lights in the living room.
Well, This is what I have mentioned above, Apple made a smart move and once again, make others’ hardware into its own products. However, there’s no denying Apple did help other small and obscure brands and introduce them to the world, most of all, integrate the whole apps together. And it’s said to release more features in soon. Let’s keep track of it and we will keep you posted.