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Exploring The Benefits Of Apple’s HomeKit Smart Home Platform

Apple launched its home automation platform in 2014, offering promise to deliver simplicity to the once complex Smart Home control. While the company failed to gain much leeway for the first two years, it has worked diligently to add more partners over the past year. However, there is a bit of catching up to do to reach the same number of partners as Amazon has for its Echo platform.

 

Amazon Echo, With Speech Recognition Capabilities

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Kwikset Partners With Amazon To Enhance Functionality Of Its SmartCode Smart Locks

Kwikset, a leading provider of Smart Locks, recently partnered with Amazon to provide customers, who invested in a SmartCode 910, 912, 914, or 916 Smart Lock, with voice automation capabilities. This integration will allow Kwikset customers to control the above locks with voice commands. However, this features only works for SmartThings and Wink home automation platforms.

 

Kwikset Premis Smart Lock

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Amazon Adds Smart Lock Control To Alexa’s Collection Of Native Abilities

Over a week ago, Amazon added a Door Lock Application Program Interface to the Alexa Skills Kit, in an attempt to simplify Smart Lock control for users. This update improved voice commands for Smart Lock partners, including Kwikset, August, Z-Wave, Schlage, Yale and Vivint.

As mentioned in a previous article I’d written, this would simplify the locking process, but due to security vulnerabilities, Amazon decided not to launch unlock support at this time.

 

Kwikset Obsidian Smart Lock

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Using IFTTT To Control Unsupported, Unofficial Third-Party Devices

As Alexa’s third-party company partnerships and skills are growing, the virtual assistant is having trouble keeping up. Alexa has a history of not playing nicely with specific services and devices.

There is still hope with IFTTT, a popular website that is capable bridging the gap between Smart gadgets that don’t officially work together. IFTTT allows users to break the rules and control innumerable third-party gizmos and online services that aren’t officially supported.

 

Kwikset Obsidian Smart lock

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Amazon Alexa Will Now Unlock The August Smart Lock Per Verbal Request

A recent update to an existing Alexa skill will allow August Smart Home customers to open their door with voice command. With the new update, users can verbally command Alexa to unlock their door for the first time. Previously, August customers could utilize Alexa to unlock their door, but the request had to be made directly from the Alexa app.

August Smart Lock

The August Smart Lock is one of the most popular Internet-connected locks on the market, along with the Schlage Sense and Kwikset Kevo. The August lock utilizes Bluetooth to communicate with the existing wireless router and relies on AA batteries for power.

 

August Smart Lock

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Mattel’s Aristotle Is Preparing To Take On The Famous Amazon Echo

Alexa voice services are utilized in a wide range of Smart products and devices. With this said, language recognition tools are lacking in that they are not suitable for use in children. The main reason for this is because children’s speech is much different than adults, making it more difficult for the technology to detect the child’s voice command and respond appropriately.

 

Mattel Aristotle Smart Wi-Fi Speaker

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Everything You Need To Know About The Apple HomeKit

Apple released its HomeKit software platform in 2014, since then it has grown in popularity significantly. Apple’s intention was to create a platform that would allow users to manage their home automation devices with ease. HomeKit integrates with a long list of connected gadgets, including door locks, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, thermostats, lighting fixtures, shades, appliances, doorbells and security cameras.

 

Apple HomeKit

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Introducing The First Ever Smart Home Sleep System – Nightingale

White sound machines have been utilized, since their existence, to drown out exterior noises that keep humans awake. While, these devices are very effective, they may just not offer what it takes to help a silent sleeper. If you are feeling hopeless and cannot sleep through the night, because of your partner’s snoring, you may be interested in the Nightingale Smart Home Sleep System. This device is designed around the research conducted by Harvard Medical School researchers.

 

Nightingale Smart Home Sleep System

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Great News For Consumers, Who Have Invested In Smart Door Locks And Amazon Alexa

Amazon worked diligently to rollout one of the best Smart Home devices of all time. On top of this, Jeff Bezos and his dynamic team has implemented the Amazon Echo to make it universally compatible with third-party devices. Since, its release in 2015, Echo has undergone several transformations. What really sets Echo apart from other wireless speakers is the voice-activated personal assistance, Alexa. Today, the Amazon Echo can be found in over 3 million homes and for the most part, consumers are very satisfied with their investment.

Amazon Echo Bluetooth Speaker

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Apple Taking Over HomeKit Devices

By now, everyone is familiar with Smart Home Technology, which makes it easier to control your home’s electronics and appliances from anywhere around the world? Well, Apple just unveiled their new app called “Home”. This app will allow users to control all their Home Automated devices via their iPhone, iPad, iPod and Apple TV. The app will also work in conjunction with Siri, which will allow users to control their devices with audible commands.

Along with all of this, Home will also be compatible with Apple Watches, so that users can control all their Smart Home devices right from their wrist. It was just two years ago, when Apple released their HomeKit Technology and now they are innovating the market again with this new app.

The Home app will allow users to group multiple devices together, so they can be controlled simultaneously, by creating custom “scenes”. For instance, you can create a featured scene titled “Good Night” that will switch all of your lights off and close the shades simultaneously. Users will also be able to control their devices individually, by accessing the “Favorite Accessories” located within the app’s interface.

Apple is known for the restrictive measures that they often take, when it comes to allowing Smart Home companies to install the HomeKit chip into their devices, leaving them with no alternative, but to make reengineering alterations to their hardware. As everyone already knows, Google has the Nest and Amazon has Echo, which is currently compatible with multiple third-party devices. Amazon basically bypassed Apple and developed their voice-automated virtual assistant, Alexa.

With Home, users will be able to access the live stream feed from their Smart locks, doorbells, and wireless security cameras right from their iPhone lock screen. This feature will definitely offer a lot of convenience, since there will be no need to access the app’s interface.

As you can imagine this is truly a unique app that will give you complete control over your Smart Home devices. Home is coming to iOS 10 and will not be available until next autumn, so everyone will have to sit and wait to see its true innovation.

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