The first wave of HomeKit-compatible home automation accessories are here!
Apple's HomeKit technology lets you control any compatible connected lights, plugs, thermostats, sensors, and more inside your home. With HomeKit, you get compatibility, security, and the ability to use the company's Siri virtual personal assistant to activate it, all with a few words from your voice.
There are a handful of home automation products that you can buy which will work with HomeKit; here they are!
Caséta Wireless Lighting Starter Kit
Lutron's Caséta Wireless Lighting Starter Kit includes the HomeKit-enabled Caséta Wireless Smart Bridge: It, combined with wireless Lutron lights, lets you control a specific lamp, room, or house. As such, you can make sure the light in the kitchen is off — or even all your lights are off — even if you're not in those rooms. Caséta Wireless can also control the Lutron Serena remote-controlled shades along with select thermostats.
The Insteon Hub lets you easily add devices with the tap of a finger: You can create and control multiple houses, rooms, and zones. Quickly build scenes and adjust several devices at once, along with scheduling scenes to repeat on specific days, weeks, or dates. There's even a comprehensive dashboard view so that you can easily see and control your home automation system.
The Elgato system includes Eve Room, Eve Weather, Eve Door & Window, and Eve Energy sensors. Eve Room lets you monitor indoor air quality, temperature, and humidity, all measured by a sensor that analyzes volatile organic compounds (VOC). Eve Weather keeps track of outside temperature, and air pressure; Eve Door & Window lets you monitor whether your doors and/or windows are open or closed, and monitor stats for time and duration; and Eve Energy tells you how much power your appliances are using. All of these products can be controlled in the Elgato app or with Siri.
ecobee3 smart Wi-Fi thermostat
ecobee3 comes with remote sensors, allowing you not to only measure the temperature and occupancy of the room or hallway your thermostat is in, but also in every room with a sensor. As such, you get more granular control and better comfort and energy efficiency in your house. With the new HomeKit-enabled version of the ecobee3 hardware, you get full support for Siri control, including the ability to trigger actions.
iHome iSP5 SmartPlug
The iSP5 SmartPlug is part of the iHome Control line: It lets you control lights, fans, and any other home appliance that has been plugged into the smart plug. With HomeKit, you can turn the plug on or off — including with a Siri command — which commands any lights, fans, or other appliances to also turn on or off. You can even group multiple SmartPlugs into a scene to control all the connected accessories in your house by putting them on a set schedule or by using a single command.
ConnectSense Smart Outlet
The ConnectSense Smart Outlet features internet-connected sockets that allow you to control devices plugged in using Siri from your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad. Use any standard plug-in home essentials including fans, lights, TV's, and more while having complete control from your devices. Since this smart outlet is HomeKit-friendly, you get safe, end-to-end encryption. On the side is a single 2.4A USB port for charging an extra device.
iDevices Switch Connected Plug
Using the iDevice's Connected App, this smart outlet works right out of the box with any of your devices around the house. The iDevice's Switch responds to Siri, making it a simple and efficient way to control your connected devices via your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. You can even set up scenes if you want a specific lamp to turn on when you come home or wake up.
Lutron Caseta Wireless Smart Bridge
The HomeKit-enabled Caseta Wireless Smart Bridge from Lutron is a great way to connect and manage all your smart home accessories including lights, shades, thermostats, and more. Schedule timers around your home, and even enable geofencing to have your lights turn on/off when you enter or leave the house. This Smart Bridge is also compatible with Nest and select Honeywell Thermostats.
Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance Starter Kit
These enhanced bulbs have been upgraded from 600 to 800 lumens and provide varying shades of white and color ambience, compatible with any current light fittings using a 10W screw base. Included with this starter kit are 3 bulbs to use around your home that can be controlled via Siri and used through 3rd party HomeKit apps.
Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt
Meeting the highest industry rating for security and durability is the Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt that features built-in alarm technology that can sense potential door attacks. It's designed to work with Apple HomeKit and can hold up to 30 access codes at any time. Set up your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch to unlock your door(s) using Siri, and take your pick of different deadbolt styles including Century or Camelot, available in satin nickel or matte black.
Brent Zaniewski contributed to this article.