How smart is your smart home? Well, apparently not smart enough, and Apple wants to make smart home devices even smarter and making them configure themselves.
Apple has reportedly acquired an AI (artificial intelligence) firm for $200 million. The Seattle-based firm Xnor.ai, which makes it possible to run AI algorithms on low power devices rather than communicating with the cloud is based our of Seattle.
Apple, Google, and other tech companies yesterday announced the Connected Home over IP project to build an open-source and secure smart home protocol. Following that announcement, Apple has made parts of HomeKit open-source.
Apple has updated its HomeKit accessories page with a list of routers and security cameras that will work with the brand’s HomeKit ecosystem of smart home devices.
Apple has not managed to create the same level of impact in the smart home segment as Google and Amazon. The latter two companies have managed to make huge inroads in this market with their Google Home and Alexa-powered smart speakers and devices but Apple’s HomePod and HomeKit platform have failed to do anything similar. In a bid to turn things around, Apple has ramped up its hiring efforts in Cupertino and San Diego and is looking to revamp its smart home platform.
Anker has finally released a new security camera lineup that supports Apple’s HomeKit. The company had announced HomeKit partnership at WWDC in June this year. EufyCam 2 setup consists of two security cameras and a hub. The Eufycam 2 is priced at $349 and is rated to offer one year of battery life.
HomeKit is Apple’s home automation protocol. If an appliance supports HomeKit, you can control all of its functions using the Home app on the iPhone or just using Siri on your iPhone or HomePod. When it works, it’s truly magical. You can just ask Siri to turn off the lights or dim them. If you’ve connected a smart plug to your espresso machine, you can just ask Siri to make you a cup of coffee and it will start the machine on its own!
2019 is apparently going to be a bold new year for Apple, as the company has already announced that its AirPlay 2 feature will be expanding to Samsung smart TVs.
There have been faucets on the market, specifically from Kohler, that allow for hands-free usage. But now things are getting really interesting.
As homes get smarter, builders are working to integrate those features right out of the gate in new homes, so owners don’t have to add so many features down the road.