HomeKit Weekly: Hands-on with Elgato’s Eve Aqua sprinkler controller

HomeKit Weekly is a series focused on smart home accessories, automation tips and tricks, and everything to do with Apple’s smart home framework.

Apple added support for sprinklers and faucets in HomeKit as part of iOS 11, and now the first accessories with support are starting to hit the market. This week we’re going to take a hands-on look at Elgato’s Eve Aqua, a smart accessory that adds HomeKit control to your existing sprinkler system.

Just in time for summer, Elgato Eve Aqua Smart Water Controller is available for pre-order in the US now for $99.95 and releases on June 25. You can order online from Amazon or Elgato.

Elgato sent over a sample to try ahead of release, and we got to check it out today. Sprinkler control in HomeKit is much smarter than basic on and off control with Siri too — HomeKit ensures you won’t forget and leave the water running.

The smart controller itself is a chunky little box that runs on AA batteries (included) and connects via Bluetooth. HomeKit compatibility is advertised right on the packaging, and Elgato includes a HomeKit set up code on the controller and in the box.