Apologies, HomeKit fans, CHIP and More Smart Home Updates

Hi,

First and foremost apologies for the slight delay this week. The smart home continues to expand, and here are the top stories for last week:

HomeKit Fans

Fans! a topic I rarely if ever touch on the subject because I live here in Windy Ireland. But…for those of you who live in Sunnier climates and require indoor cooling then I have a solution for you! A Hunter fan that will not only, keep the room cool, but is controllable via Siri, Alexa, and Google Home. Pricing seems reasonable, starting at $179. If you are interested in smart fans, this website gives a thorough explanation.

New Intercom

During my early days of installing smart home systems, intercoms were a common feature. The term nowadays sounds a bit archaic, and ‘smart speaker broadcasts’ seems a more elegant description. This brings me nicely to the release of a high-end intercom smart device from a UK-based company called Loxone. Founded over a decade a company, the company provides different types of automation products to both residential and commercial customers. Here are a few noteworthy features of the new intercom:

  • No requirement for an Internet connection.
  • Includes advanced privacy functionality.
  • Hardware features include an HD camera, a powerful microphone, and a hidden speaker.

The surface finish is glass and it looks pretty awesome in the promotional video available here.

This Weeks Blog Post

Apple Homekit is one of the most well-known home automation platforms in the smart home industry. This platform is made purposely for the Apple product owners who want to switch to smart homes. With Apple Homekit, you can control any Homekit-compatible smart devices from the lights, door locks, doorbells, thermostats, smart cameras to motion sensors […]

>> Read the complete article on the blog

This Week’s Words of Wisdom 😊

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CHIP Turns to Matter

The ambitious project Connected Home over IP (CHIP) has a new identity – Matter. For those of you who have not come across this latest smart home standard, whose aspiration is to enable compatibility with the major digital assistant platforms. Hence Apple, Amazon, and Google are all involved. For the moment, we get a new name and logo, but later in the year, there are talks of Matter enabled product availability starting later this year, we will see! you can check out this blog post here to read some more.

Weekly Smart Home Voice Command! 🎤

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