The IFA trade program in Berlin, Germany will certainly once again bring in a few of the greatest names in tech, but as we wait for the huge announcements from Samsung, Motorola et al, Elgato has actually taken the wraps off several HomeKit-ready house automation gadgets.
The Eve variety incorporates items like the Eve Smoke (smoke alarm), Eve Water, Eve Energy and Eve Door and Window, while the Avea line-up concentrates on air quality, temperature, air pressure and humidity.
Finally, Smart Power is a high-end battery / notice system that integrates directly with an app on your iPhone, indicating you’ll no longer be wall-hugging throughout a busy day.
Pushed by Apple’s HomeKit, home automation will end up being much more of a mainstream commodity during the next few years, and while Apple is rumored to be working on some hardware items of its own, HomeKit will be greatly reliant on the efforts and releases of 3rd celebrations. With iOS 8 almost to launch, Elgato is wanting to make a strong early impression, and from what we can collect from the demo videos, the variety of brand-new items looks really, very appealing undoubtedly.
All the numerous sensors are linked through Bluetooth, and as well as incorporating seamlessly with iOS, will also run harmoniously with HomeKit.
While clearly gunning for the similarity the Google-owned Nest with the temperature level controls, Elgato is also angling for a little Philips’ spotlight with the Avea smart LED light bulb. It’s the kind of product that might truly challenge the Philips Hue smart bulb, which has taken pleasure in a substantial quantity of popularity in its fairly brief lifespan, and in offering iOS users capability to link straight to the Avea bulb by means of Bluetooth, has a trump card of its own.
The bulbs will certainly set you back $ 50 apiece, and along with several lighting alternatives and presets, there’s also a wake-up feature. The excellent thing about Avea, Philips Color et al is that the bulbs are incredibly energy reliable, suggesting they’ll last for much longer than your typical daily offerings, and as such, the significantly greater cost may seem worthwhile given the many other advantages.
Our favorite Elgato announcement is that of the Smart Power, which is a 6,000 mAh power bank that presses notifications to remind users when to charge up. For $ 99.95, it’ll even trigger you to take it with you, and if that’s not wise, I have no idea what is.
Anyway, check out the presentation video of Elgato’s brand-new range below, and as ever, do leave your thoughts in the remarks.