The first batch of connected devices that are supported by the Apple HomeKit platform have finally made their way to store shelves, just days ahead of company’s annual developer conference.
Device manufacturers Lutron and Insteon now have HomeKit products available, while others such as Elgato, Ecobee and iHome will soon unveil their own connected home accessories.
Apple introduced its HomeKit standard to allow IoT devices to play nice together last year, allowing everything to be controlled via Siri on the iPhone, iPad, and even Apple Watch.
Lutron’s Caséta Wireless Smart Bridge will control lights, shades and other devices in specific rooms. Users will be able to remotely control connected devices even when they’re away from home, or setup geo-fencing so that lights flick on when a user enters a room.
Insteon offers a smart home hub that can control a broader variety of products including cameras, alarms, smart bulbs and other connected devices that work across Wi-Fi and RF standards.
The upcoming product from Elgato can detect temperature, humidity, energy use, motion and even air quality. If you’re looking for a Nest Learning Thermostat like device, Ecobee’s device will regulate temperature on its own and give users room-by-room control with the use of satellite sensors.
Further, iHome will launch a HomeKit compatible SmartPlug that will allow users to control lamps, fans, and other home appliances.
It’s taken a while for devices compatible with HomeKit to make their way to the market, and at this point it still isn’t clear how well devices will work. Apple will apparently make even more announcements about HomeKit at WWDC 2015 next week, with the promise of the current crop of HomeKit compatible device getting even smarter in a very short span of time.