In my opinion, current iOS devices (iPhone & iPad), are not well suited for Apples HomeKit & Home Automation for a number of key reasons:
• The lack of ZigBee, Z-Wave, IR prevents compatibility with hundreds of existing Home Automation devices.
• Many members of a household still do not own their iOS device (small children, grandparents, ……).
• Limited battery life for Home Automation.
A crucial hardware piece that is missing in the Apple Home Automation ecosystem, is a device / hub that would be in the centre of the living room, to control “Smart Home".
The simplest way to describe this gizmo is that it is a cross between a universal remote control and an iPod Touch with lots of connectivity options and sensors built into it.
And for the lack of the better name, I'm calling it iControl.
• metal body
• 4” touch screen
• Touch ID
• connectivity – Bluetooth BLE, WiFi, ZigBee, Z-Wave, IR infrared
• front & back camera
• Siri, AirPlay, AirPlay Mirroring. Facetime, VoIP phone….
• significantly larger battery (possible solar or wireless charging)
•Built in sensors to assist Smart devices (motion, temperature, humidity, barometric pressure, light etc).
Lots of connectivity options
I wouldn’t be too surprised to see Apple’s own low-power and low-latency wireless protocol for Home Automation.
|While you were away…|
What does it do:
• connects & controls Smart devices such as lights, locks, garage doors, alarms, thermostats and more
• connects & controls other Apple products & services – iTunes, iCloud, Mac, iPhone, AppleTV,
• controls Home theatre, TV, receivers, stereos…
• communication – email, SMS, iMassage, Facetime, audio Facetime, VoIP phone.
• built in different sensors assist “Smart Home” devices, also devices less expensive to make
(if iControl has motion, temperature, humidity sensor …. Thermostat doesn’t need them – less expensive to make).
|iControl as VoIP Phone – Bria App|
|iControl connects to iTunes|
iControl W 58.6 mm x H 153mm x D 12.6mm iPhone5 /5S W 58.6mm x H 123.8mm x D 7.6mm
|iControl & iPhone5|
|Old Concept - iControl|
Here is the concept of Apple iControl remote, from few years ago, I have made but never completed. Notice iPod style scroll wheel in my old 3d concept
This is the product that I would buy in a heart beat.
The Missing piece in Apple’s HomeKit – iControl, part II
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