Apple’s HomeKit is a user-friendly platform that lets you control a huge variety of compatible devices such as baby monitors and locks.
“From connecting a couple of gadgets to designing a full smart home system, HomeKit is a perfect way to get your abode under control through an app or even voice commands via Siri — all you need is an Apple phone, tablet, or laptop and a pre-installed app called Home,” says the founder of www.sweetesthome.nl, adding that with a 37 percent market share in the Netherlands, 47 in the US and 29 in the UK, Apple has well and truly won over the hearts of smart device users.
“Better still, once you have your gadgets all set up, you can create automation to make your devices function at specific times or scenes where you can give commands to a number of devices at the same time,” he continues.
Ready to revolutionize your home with Apple? Here are some of the top smart home gadgets to get you started.
Apple TV 4K
A great alternative to a Wi-Fi bridging device such as an iPhone or an iPad, Apple TVs can be used not to just watch your favorite films but also to control your HomeKit devices through a remote or Siri. The TV features an intuitive home screen and supports 4K HDR content. It can also be integrated with your iPhone.
August Wi-Fi Smart Lock
If you are like me, you have probably found yourself worrying about whether you have locked the front door at the most inopportune times — it often happens when trying to fall asleep. This is where the August Wi-Fi Smart Lock can be of service. Instead of getting up to check the security of your abode, ease your anxiety by asking Siri if your door is locked. The Wi-Fi-enabled lock is compact and easy to use. Best of all, it lets you lock and unlock your door with voice commands.
Chamberlain myQ Garage Door Opener
Fumbling around for a misplaced garage door remote is a thing of the past with the Chamberlain myQ Garage Door Opener. This is because this device can open and close your garage door on voice command with the help of Siri. Simple to set up, the gadget features a sensor and a Wi-Fi-enabled hub. Once you send your command via your smartphone, it is relayed to the hub, which then passes it onto the sensor that prompts the door to open or close.
Arlo Baby Monitor
Ideal for keeping an eye on your baby or pet, this compact device produces high-quality video that can be viewed on your TV or smartphone. Plus, it comes with other features such as color-changing lights, lullabies, and air quality sensors.