It has been a slow rollout of HomeKit accessories since June, but iHome has just announced that its inexpensive iSP5 SmartPlug is now available to purchase.
As you probably remember, the HomeKit framework is a standard designed by Apple that helps make it easier for users to connect with their smart home devices.
And with the $39.99 iHome device, which plugs directly into a power outlet, you’ll be able to turn on and off small appliances like lamps, fans, and air conditioners from your iPhone. If you don’t want to use the free iHome Control companion app, the plug can even be controlled by speaking to Siri. If you have a third-generation Apple TV to act as a bridge, the plug can also be operated when you’re away from home.
The app itself can be used to create individual “scenes” to control a number of devices at once. Users can also create their own “scenes” and design detailed schedules for when the devices can turn on and off.
Because of a slim design, two plugs can be stacked in one standard outlet. And unlike other HomeKit-enabled devices, you won’t need a special hub that plugs into your router. The iSP5 connects directly to your Wi-Fi signal.
Here’s a short teaser video that shows the plug in action. Click here if you can’t see it.
Some of the other HomeKit products currently available include the Ecobee3 Smart Thermostat, Insteon’s Smart Hub, and a pair of devices from Elgato – a door/window sensor and a device that detects temperature, humidity, air pressure, and air quality.
Other popular smart home accessories, like the Philips Hue lights, will add HomeKit support soon.
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