Nearly a year after Apple first introduced HomeKit, its home automation platform, the first batch of third-party HomeKit compatible products have made their way to the market.
The first batch of HomeKit products come from five different companies: Lutron, iHome, Ecobee, Insteon and Elgato. While Lutron has launched a Wireless Lighting Starter Kit with Smart Bridge, iHome has launched the iSP5 SmartPlug — a smart lamp that can be controlled via Siri. EcoBee today also announced the release of its HomeKit compatible thermostat, while Insteon released their smart hub that will allow iOS users to control all Insteon and HomeKit compatible products connected to the hub.
Elgato ‘Eve’ sensors — designed for detecting various conditions such as humidity levels, air quality and more — also went up for pre-order on the company’s website today. The prices of the sensors vary depending on their function and ranges from $39.95 to $79.95.
All these products are compatible with HomeKit and feature Siri integration, which means iOS users will be able to control them by simply issuing voice commands to their iPhone or iPad.
A quick roundup of all the HomeKit compatible products that were announced today are as follows:
- Lutron Caseta Lighting Starter Kit — $149
- iHome iSP5 SmartPlug – $199
- Insteon Hub – $79.99
- Elgato Eve Sensors – $39 to $79
- Ecobee Wi-Fi thermostat – $229
Apple is expected to make some major updates to HomeKit at its developer conference that is scheduled to start next week. Previous reports have indicated that Apple will be including a new ‘Home’ app in iOS 9 to allow users to control all their HomeKit compatible devices from one place.