Apple HomeKit makes it possible to control a large number of compatible networked devices via a central app. With the help of Apple’s speech assistant, Siri, smart luminaires and heating thermostats, as well as loudspeakers, alarm systems and shutters can be controlled by voice command. But that’s not all: Siri learns and adapts to the habits of its users.
Washing machines, refrigerators, multimedia systems, heating, shutters or alarm systems… More and more devices in our home are on our network and controlled remotely via an app than ever before. But not all devices speak the same language.
Managing isolated solutions can be cumbersome. With Apple HomeKit, various smart home devices and standards can be centrally managed under a single interface. Another plus is lighting and heating etc. is easy to control with the Apple Watch, the HomePod speaker or the Apple TV as well as Siri.
Installing and integrating devices is quick and easy. After downloading the home app, add devices by clicking on the “+” icon and entering the respective HomeKit code manually or by scanning the QR code. Create device groups and rooms, for example automation rules or scenes, via the app. All data collected by HomeKit and exchanged with the end devices is reliably encrypted, minimising the risk of third-party or hacker abuse.
Intelligent light management with retro charm
When smart bulbs are controlled with the Apple HomeKit, a gateway as a radio central unit becomes superfluous. Instead of using the ZigBee protocol, it uses Bluetooth. This is how smartphones, tablets or Apple Watches become the command center. Siri automatically sets the lighting request to action via voice command.
The Apple HomeKit-compatible filament LED lamps work particularly well in the home. Their unique design, which is reminiscent of the classic light bulbs in terms of form and aesthetics, is impressive. These LED retrofit lamps have a large number of micro-LEDs lined up along one thread inside the bulb, to achieve a large beam angle of 340 degrees. Another great thing about these lights is their low production costs, but most importantly, they produce a warm white, saturated colour temperature.
At OSRAM, users have the choice of three different lamp shapes, all of which illuminate at 650 lumens and 2,700 Kelvin. The Colour Rendering Index (CRI) of 80 ensures the most lifelike colour reproduction possible. An optical highlight is the OSRAM-SMART + Apple HomeKit filament model with an amber-gold tinted glass bulb. Like the other filament bulbs, this one is particularly suitable for decorative, open lamps to emphasise the vintage character.
You don’t need additional equipment, so there’s no need for a gateway, WiFi router or bridge either. Connect the SMART + lighting via Bluetooth to your Apple device, and then select the features such as on/off, dimming, colour change, grouping or scenes.
Smart heating control via Apple HomeKit is also easy. For example, with Eve Thermo, the room temperature is easy to control flexibly and conveniently, which also saves energy costs.
You can heat up your home according to your daily routine or only if someone is in the room. The daily setting of the thermostats is a thing of the past: heating automation, schedules for individual rooms, for weekdays or the weekend or on demand are now possible. It’s easy with the Eve Thermo in combination with Apple HomeKit. The heating will even pause while venting when it detects the sharp drop in temperature.
The second generation of the radiator thermostat comes with a touch screen display for manual control of the temperature. Of course, the device can still be controlled remotely via schedules, HomeKit automations, Siri, Apple Home and the Eve app. A key lock is easy to activate via the app.