HomeKit Stories September 6

Considering that the list of smart home accessories keeps growing larger and larger, there always seem to be shiny, new options vying for our attention. Just last week we reported that Philips, a company probably best-known in the smart home world for its Hue light bulbs, has a hybrid switch in the works set to replace or join its current offerings. With options from Lutron, Wemo and others, there are certainly lots of switch products to consider, but with today’s release of Brilliant Control, things just got even more competitive.

Of all the options out there, Brilliant Control seems like it may have the chops to take the crown as being the most daring and innovative. Coming in with four models, Brilliant Control sports a built-in display, camera, controls for at least one light, and the promise that it ‘works with all smart home products’. expand full story

HomeKit Stories October 26, 2017

expiredAdd 2 Homekit light switches for the price of 1 to your smart home: $34 shipped

Beeebo-us (98% positive feedback) via Amazon has the Koogeek Homekit-enabled two-gang Smart Wi-Fi Light Switch on sale for $33.59 shipped when you use the coupon code DNSWLS34 at checkout. This two-gang Homekit enabled light switch normally costs $48, and as far as we tracked hasn’t seen a discount since release. If you need the ability to control two switches from your iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch, this is the perfect switch for you. Rated 3.8/5 stars with 78% of reviews being 4+ stars.

HomeKit Stories June 9, 2016

Amazon offers the second generation ecobee3 Smarter Wi-Fi Thermostat with HomeKit compatibility for $199 shipped. Matched at Home Depot. This is a 20% savings off the regular price, the best price that Amazon has ever sold it for and within $9 of our previous low mention.

Upgrade Dad’s thermostat with the highly-rated ecobee3. Aside from saving “an average of 23% annually” on home energy costs, it is loaded with features. For example, HomeKit control allows the ecobee3 to communicate with your Apple devices and enables Siri voice activation. It ships with a remote sensor that monitors temperatures in other areas of your home (you can buy more here.) The free iOS or Android app adds another layer of functionality with remote monitoring and data tracking.

We were left with a positive impression in our review:

Siri control for turning on the heat from my desk is super convenient, especially using the Apple Watch, and using the iPhone app to change the temperature has almost entirely replaced walking over to the thermostat.

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HomeKit Stories June 7, 2016

Amazon is offering the iDevices Switch Wi-Fi and HomeKit (with Siri) Enabled Plug for $34.98 with free shipping for Prime members or in orders over $49. That’s 30% or $15 off the original price, the lowest Amazon has offered it for and the best we can find.

Perfect for adding smart functionality to your electronic devices, this little switch provides Siri voice commands and full app control over whatever you have plugged in to it. The whole system uses Wi-Fi and supports remote control over your devices when you’re away from home. More details below and over on 9to5Mac. Rated 3.5/5 stars with more than 65% of reviewers leaving a 4 or 5 star rating.

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HomeKit Stories June 1, 2016

expiredBring HomeKit control to your lights w/ Philips’ 2nd Gen Hue LED Starter Kit: $174 (Reg. $200)

Update (6/5 9:15am): Amazon now has the 2nd Gen starter kit for $174.99 shipped. Adorama’s price has now jumped to $174.

Adorama offers the second generation Philips Hue A19 LED Starter Kit with HomeKit support for $169.99. For some reason, this bundle fails to qualify for Adorama’s free shipping program so you’ll have to pay a few dollars to get it home (varies by location). Today’s deal is the first significant discount that we’ve seen on the second generation kit since it was released last fall. It typically sells for $200 at Amazon and the like.

Step up to the latest Philips Hue system and add HomeKit control thanks to the new smart hub. You’ll be able to recreate thousands of colors with these A19 LED bulbs. The upgraded internals are now capable of pushing out 800 lumens of light, a 33% improvement over the previous generation. Philips’ recently updated iOS and Android app offers complete control over the entire system. Rated 4.2/5 stars by 527 Amazon customers.

HomeKit Stories May 27, 2016

Building smartphone connectivity into common home goods like a lightbulb was always a natural play. Philips was the first to successfully take it mainstream with its line of Hue products. Since then, others have followed suit as Apple’s HomeKit has developed into a viable service. For some, the problem of paying a significant upcharge for this capability is too difficult to overcome. Another issue is that consumers might prefer a certain style of bulb, Edison for example, which is not readily available with smart functionality.

That’s where iDevices comes in. The clever brand behind a variety of smartphone products has now released a new add-on that sits between your existing light socket and bulb to add this functionality to nearly any light. Appropriately named, Socket is HomeKit compatible and is available for pre-order today…

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HomeKit Stories April 27, 2016

iHome SmartPlug with HomeKit, Alexa and Nest support: $25 w/ in-store pickup (Reg. $40)

Home Depot offers the iHome SmartPlug with HomeKit compatibility for $24.99 with in-store pickup. That’s good for $15 off the original listing, $12 less than Amazon, down $3 from the previous deal price and the best offer available.

HomeKit Stories April 7, 2016

expiredGreen Deals: Philips hue LED Starter Bundle w/ HomeKit Bridge $170 (Reg. $200), more

P.C. Richard & Son offers the second generation Philips hue LED White and Color Ambiance Starter Kit for $169.97 shipped (price reflected in the cart). For comparison, this kit carries a $200 price tag and typically goes for that much at nearly every online retailer including Amazon. Today’s 15% discount is the first significant savings that we’ve seen on the second generation hue bundle.

This Philips hue starter kit includes the new Bridge that offers HomeKit-compatibility plus Alexa control via Amazon’s Echo speaker. It ships with three A19 LED Bulbs that are capable of producing 800 lumens of light and a wide range of colors. You can use your smartphone alongside the free iOS and Android app to control the bulbs and create a variety of scenes. Rated 4.2/5 stars by 454 Amazon customers.

Hyperikon E26 4-pack of A19 Dimmable LED Lightbulbs: $17 (Reg. $20+) | Amazon

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HomeKit Stories November 26, 2015

expiredecobee3 HomeKit-enabled Wi-Fi Thermostat (2nd gen) w/ 3 Remote Sensors: $249 shipped ($328 value)

Amazon offers the second generation ecobee3 HomeKit-enabled Wi-Fi Thermostat with 3 Remote Sensors for $249 shipped. As a pricing comparison, the thermostat alone typically sells for $249 and the 2-pack of Remote Sensors is an additional $79. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars from 489 Amazon reviewers. Features include:

  • Smart, really smart – intuitively understands when to turn on your heating or cooling equipment based on your home’s unique energy profile, the weather outside, and thousands of other data points to make sure you’re comfortable at all times
  • Knows you have a life – senses whether anyone’s home and which rooms are occupied, delivering comfort when you’re at home and saving you energy and money when you’re not
  • Lowers your energy bills – ecobee saves homeowners an average of 23% annually, paying for itself in energy savings
  • Homekit-enabled Ecobee3 – the world’s first homekit-enabled smart thermostat – is an evolution of our previous Ecobee3 smarter wi-fi thermostat.
  • Product bundle includes ecobee3 Smarter Wi-Fi Thermostat with Remote Sensor, 2nd Generation and ecobee3 Remote Sensors, 2 pack

HomeKit Stories July 30, 2015

expiredHome: ecobee3 Smart Thermostat (not HomeKit) $180 (Orig. $250), KRUPS Espresso Machine (Prime only) $30 (Orig. $60)

Update (7/30 1:30pm): We have now the rest of today’s best home deals down below the fold including discounted juicers, rice cookers, beverage dispensers, a wet/dry vac for your car and more.

The official Best Buy eBay store is offering the ecobee3 Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat with Remote Sensor for $179.99 shipped. That’s $70 under the original listing, $45+ under Amazon, $26 or so under our previous low and the best we can find.

This smart W-Fi enabled thermostat can read the temperature in any room of your house and provides simple control via the mobile apps. While this is not the Siri-controlled HomeKit version we detailed recently, it is also around $70 less expensive. It has a 4.3/5 star rating from over 320 Amazon customers.

Next up, Amazon has the KRUPS Steam Espresso Machine with Frothing Nozzle (XP1000) for $29.99 shipped for Prime members only. That’s 50% below the original listing, $10 below the next best price and matching the best we have seen.

The XP1000 is a 4-bar steam espresso machine with a 3-way switch, steam nozzle, removable drip tray and comes with a glass carafe, a measuring spoon and a 2 year worldwide warranty. It is the best selling steam espresso machine on Amazon and has a 3.8/5 star rating from over 300 customers.

You’ll also want to check out the Gold Box Deal of the Day today as well, as Amazon is offering the Rowenta DW5197 Focus Steam Iron for $69.99 shipped (Reg. $98+, best we can find).The rest of your daily home deals will be along at the usual time this afternoon.

HomeKit Stories May 4, 2015

Following up on the popularity of Philips Hue and Belkin’s WeMo offerings, GE has announced that it will soon be releasing its first Apple HomeKit-enabled Intelligent LED lightbulbs. GE is also including features that will help save on energy costs and even help improve your sleep. expand full story

HomeKit Stories November 5, 2014

Home automation is a big deal. Apple jumped in with HomeKit, Google snatched up Nest/Dropcam, and it seems like every other tech company is making a pass at it.

Not to be left out in the cold, Netgear is looking to dig in deeper with its Arlo home security system. But unlike most of its rivals, Arlo is cordless and isn’t afraid of a little water… expand full story

HomeKit Stories September 25, 2014

Over the years, the lock industry has not seen too many big moments of growth over the traditional deadbolt. While some locks are easier to change now and some even feature Bluetooth, nothing has really knocked the doors down from a design perspective. Haven is pulling out all the stops along the way, integrating in the future with Apple’s HomeKit, changing from old-school design, all while building a very tough lock. You won’t believe how strong this thing really is… expand full story

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