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What it takes to be HomeKit compatible

Nathaniel Padgett Industry Musings

What it takes to be HomeKit compatible

Back in 2014, Apple announced HomeKit, signaling their official entry into the connected home space. HomeKit was hailed as a killer app that would make Apple an unstoppable force in their quest to dominate the home. They already had iPhones, iPads, MacBooks, and Apple TVs in millions of homes, and adding support for the burgeoning smart home market would further deepen their reach. It took a whole year after the announcement for the first HomeKit compatible devices to hit store shelves. This included Ecobee3, which we are working on integrating with as I write this. Despite some big name integrations partners like Ecobee and...

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Proactive vs. Reactive: Why The Connected Home 2.0 Is What We’ve All Been Waiting For

Nathaniel Padgett Industry Musings

Proactive vs. Reactive: Why The Connected Home 2.0 Is What We’ve All Been Waiting For

In 1962 the Jetsons popularized the home of the future. With its automated walkways and robot maid, the entire house adapted to the homeowners’ needs. Comfort was facilitated by proactive devices that thought about their owners and removed moments of stress that are often all too common in homeownership. Fast forward 50+ years and we are closer to living like the Jetsons than we have ever been. But despite the strides that have been made, our devices — even the smart ones — are still mostly reactive. But not for long. The Connected Home 2.0 is coming, and it’s going to usher in a...

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Don’t Reinvent The Wheel: Why Integration Is Good For The Smart Home

Nathaniel Padgett Industry Musings

Don’t Reinvent The Wheel: Why Integration Is Good For The Smart Home

Last week, we gave you a crash course on the smart bridge and explained why it’s an essential part of the smart home. Now, we want to explain why we built our own smart bridge and why we decided early on to not build a new smart home standard, but to instead integrate with platforms homeowners already have. Too Many Platforms It seems like every week a new company is building software and hardware that will simplify the Internet of Things and bring thousands of connected devices into a single, unified platform. While on the surface this seems consumer-friendly, you...

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A Vision of the Smart Home

Nathaniel Padgett Industry Musings

A Vision of the Smart Home

  The concept of a “smart home” has been around for decades. In 1939 Popular Mechanics Magazine wrote about “The Electric Home of the Future.” This cutting-edge house would report the news to it’s occupants through radio receiver-equipped kitchen appliances. In the 1950s, the Jetsons popularized the concept of home automation with automated doors and intelligent rooms that took care of their occupants. Today, we have connected home platform ecosystems like Wink, SmartThings, Lowes IRIS, Nest, and HomeKit. Clearly, the idea of the smart home has been around for several decades, and every year we are getting closer: according to...

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