At a Wednesday morning developer session at this year’s WWDC, Apple said that HomeKit is now open to any Apple developer to tinker around with. Developers no longer have to get an MFi license to start controlling prototypes of smart home gadgets. They can even develop prototypes on top of popular developer boards like Raspberry Pi and Arduino. But once these developers want to bring a product out commercially, they still have to go through MFi certification. Nevertheless, this should make it easier for developers to start building HomeKit products.
Swedish home store IKEA has announced that its recently announced Trådfri smart lighting system will soon be compatible with HomeKit, Apple’s smart home management platform.
Caitlin McGarry for MacWorld: The high-end Wynn Las Vegas resort chose Alexa last December, adding Amazon Echo devices in its suites. Now Marriott International is trying to decide between Amazon and Apple, according to a Bloomberg report. The JW Marriott in San Antonio, Texas has been testing Amazon Alexa-integrated devices since October as an operator of sorts—the conduit to room service and housekeeping. Alexa can also control the lighting in a handful of the Marriott’s rooms, though that isn’t her primary role.
…PureGear, a company well known for its wide range of iPhone cases and screen protectors, which has now released its first electronic accessory in the form of the PureSwitch Wireless Smart Plug ($40), a HomeKit-enabled power outlet that can be used to control any appliance that plugs into a standard outlet.
KWIKSET PREMIS HOMEKIT-COMPATIBLE SMART LOCK IS AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE NOWThe company’s first Apple HomeKit-compatible smart deadbolt features added security benefits unique to Kwikset smart locksLAS VEGAS (January 5, 2017) – Kwikset®, America’s number one selling lock brand, announced today that the company’s first Apple® HomeKit™-compatible smart lock, Premis™, is available for purchase. Premis expands Kwikset’s diverse portfolio of smart locks, reinforcing its promise to deliver innovative smart lock solutions that uniquely respond to homeowners’ unmet needs.
LEDVANCE continues to advance light by announcing the HomeKit-enabled SYLVANIA Smart Multicolor A19 bulb that can be easily controlled via Siri and Apple’s Home app without a separate hub. Installation is easy. All you need to do is screw in the Bluetooth-enabled bulb in your favorite lamp, sync it with the Home app, and start controlling your lights. The Home app allows users to control all HomeKit accessories in one place, including lights, temperature, locks, garage doors, scenes and more.