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The NextMarket Report — Lutron

The HomeKit Era Officially Started This Week: First Products, Apple Support Guide, Forecast

Mike Wolf Apple TV HomeKit Insteon Lutron

While we've all be waiting for WWDC next week to see a formal "launch" of the HomeKit era, in reality it started this week. That's because the first products with HomeKit were formally announced as being available, at least as far as Apple is officially concerned.  Most look like they're shipping in July, with the exception of Lutron and HomeKit. The products are from five manufacturers, including: Ecobee: The Ecobee3 thermostat was the first thermostat with HomeKit, beating Honeywell and the Lyric, which is also expected to HomeKit-ize the Lyric. The Ecobee3 with HomeKit is essentially a new product, since existing...

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Apple Watch: Here Come The Smart Home Apps

Mike Wolf Apple Watch Hue Lutron Smart Home Wearables

The idea of a smartwatch apps for the smart home has always made perfect sense to me, so much so I created a CES panel on the topic for CES 2014. While there wasn't much to talk about a year and a half ago, since then numerous integrations for the likes of Pebble and Android Wear have made their way into their respective app stores. But that was just the beginning; with the launch of the Apple Watch, we can expect the trickle of smart watch apps for the smart home to become a flood.  Already there are quite a...

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