News: IKEA Tradfri lineup gets HomeKit support via firmware update [Update: Not yet]

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As promised earlier this year, IKEA has quietly release firmware updates adding HomeKit support to its TRÅDFRI smart lighting product lineup. IKEA’s TRÅDFRI lineup is comprised of a wide range of inexpensive smart bulbs that associate with a residential gateway for use with a physical remote control or companion IOS app. With individual bulbs selling for as low as $ 12 and the bridge priced at $ 30, IKEA’s system is now one of the most… …
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Review: Elgato Eve Degree HomeKit Temperature & Humidity Monitor

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Elgato was one of the first companies out of the gate with a lineup of sensors for the HomeKit ecosystem back in 2015; the company’s Eve Weather and Eve Room sensors are still significant parts of our own HomeKit system, and have become even more useful as Apple has improved the automation capabilities of HomeKit. While Elgato has diversified into other Bluetooth HomeKit accessories such as light switches and outlets, the company returns to its roots with Eve Degree, essentially a redesigned and more elegant version of Eve Weather that not only reports …
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News: IKEA bringing HomeKit support to its smart lighting products

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IKEA has announced plans to add support for HomeKit to its complete range of TRÅDFRI smart lighting products. According to the company’s press release, updates are expected to arrive “during the summer and early autumn” that will not only provide HomeKit integration but also add support for Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. Released last month, IKEA’s TRÅDFRI smart lighting provides a plug-and-play solution that allows users… …
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Tip of the Day: Sharing HomeKit Access

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Once you’ve started to deploy more than a couple of HomeKit accessories in your home, you’ll likely reach a point where you’ll want to ensure that your other family members can also access and control them. Fortunately, Apple has considered this in the design of HomeKit, and in fact has even improved these features with iOS 10 and tvOS 10. To add a user to your HomeKit home from your iPhone, simply open up the “Home”… …
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We took a tour of one of the first Apple HomeKit homes [Video]

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We reported last week that developer and homebuilder Brookfield Residential announced that it will begin including HomeKit accessories in new homes it’s building as a standard feature, starting in Southern California.

Now we’ve taken a tour of Brookfield’s Apple based connected home at Delano at Eastwood Village in Irvine and were able to meet up with Brookfield’s COO, Adrian Foley. Keep reading after the break for a look inside and to learn more about this forward thinking homebuilder.

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