One of Siri's biggest assets is her ability to integrate with the smart home. The gadgets you can control via Siri and the HomeKit platform has been growing slowly but steadily over the past two years. But now, according to Apple CEO Tim Cook, there's over a hundred more HomeKit products slated for release this year. Here are all the ways Siri can help out in the smart home so far.
If you have more of a retrofit lighting setup, you can connect Siri to a limited set of smart plugs. These gadgets, like the iDevices Switch, let you control standard lamps and other pluggable household items with Siri.
The best light isn't an LED; it's the sun. If you have an open space with a lot of natural light, using smart shades like Lutron's with Siri can be an easy way to get healthy light without careful color temperature calibration. Just say, "Siri, open the shades."
You can also check the status of your smoke and CO detector, if you have the First Alert Onelink. Although it'll set off an alarm while you're home, it's helpful to be able to check with Siri if you're out of town overnight.
Siri can control a lot of gadgets, but doing so one-by-one can be a hassle. HomeKit is unique in that you can control all your gadgets with a single simple command. When I say "I'm Home," Siri will open the shades, unlock the doors, and turn on the lights.
Apple's HomeKit platform has a big future. If the company's promises are true, we'll see over a hundred gadgets working with HomeKit and likely Siri this year alone. We'll update the list as new categories of smart-home tech connect to Siri.