Siri runs the smart home with these HomeKit-compatible gadgets (pictures)
Apple HomeKit is the set of protocols in your iPhone's software that lets it work directly with compatible connected home gadgetry. A little over a year after its introduction, here are the gadgets that put it to use.
Connected thermostats have played a central role in the recent smart home boom. The first to come to mind is the Nest Learning Thermostat, but that's a Google asset, and likely won't be joining up with HomeKit anytime soon, if ever.
You do have a HomeKit-compatible option, though: the Ecobee3, a well-reviewed smart thermostat that features a slick touch interface and a handy external sensor capable of monitoring the temperature in a separate part of your home from the thermostat itself. We reviewed the original version last year -- the HomeKit version simply adds in Siri support. We hope to test it out in the CNET Smart Home in the coming weeks.
You can also keep tabs on the conditions in your home using the Elgato Eve Room sensor, which monitors temperature, humidity and air quality. If you want to take a look at any of those metrics, just ask Siri.
Insteon offers a HomeKit-compatible version of its hub -- hook it up with your router and you'll be able to automate Insteon's switches, sockets and light bulbs right alongside any other HomeKit gadgets you've got installed.
Another lighting option is this HomeKit-compatible kit from Lutron, which comes with two smart plugs that you can plug lamps into, and two remotes. Hook everything up and you'll be able to tell Siri to dim the lights.
We haven't seen much HomeKit gear that's geared towards smarter security, but that might soon change. This HomeKit-compatible smart deadbolt from Schlage arrives in November -- install it in your doors, and you'll be able to lock and unlock them with a quick word with Siri.