Best of HomeKit CES 2020




Some have been thinking HomeKit has been a little neglected in recent years and lags behind its competitors with the amount of accessories available. However, Apple’s HomeKit smart home platform provides users with unmatched privacy, combined with its iOS platform. So As the worlds biggest consumer technology conference draws to a close, lets a look at what made the cut for the best of HomeKit at CES 2020.

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Smart Lighting – HomeKit CES 2020

Lighting is normally one of the first smart home purchase and CES 2020 has given consumers more choice for HomeKit in 2020.

Philips Hue Outdoor light & low voltage rangePhilips Hue outdoor range

Signify has announced several new devices for its Hue Outdoor collection including a new wall-mounted fixture as well as new low-voltage options. There are 16 million colours and 50,000 shades of warm-to-cool white light for effortless personalisation.

The range will be available from January through to April 2020. You can find more information here.

Sengled HomeKit Smart Hub & Filament, Sengled E12 bulb

Sengled hub homekit

The company has said that the new HomeKit hub will work with its current lineup of Zigbee lighting products. The hub can support up to 64 devices, and alongside HomeKit support, will also work with Amazon Alexa and Google Home.

Sengled also announced a new E27 filament bulb. The new filament bulb will warm white (2100K) and will apparently retail for around US$30 for a 2-pack. Adding to the lineup a new E12 candelabra bulb, which is capable of the standard 16m colours.

Release details are not yet know, but you can find more information about all the Sengled HomeKit devices here.

Nanoleaf Smart Learning SeriesNanoleaf Smart Learning HomeKit

Nanoleaf’s Smart Learning Series is a collection of devices that the company claims reacts to each other using various sensors and algorithms. Nanoleaf says the system minimises the need for adjustments or voice controls by learning from users.

No details are available regarding release, however you can sign up at the Nanoleaf website to be kept informed

Nanoleaf Unified HexagonsNanoleaf Hexagonal Panels

The Nanoleaf Unified Hexagon light panels are set for release in the spring of 2020 after previously being announced last year.. The 6 sided hexagon design provides more opportunities for panel placement than its predecessors.

LIFX Z-TV 360 and Z Gamer Light StripsLIFX z TV kit

LIFX will also launch the LIFX Z TV 360 Kit and the LIFX Z Gamer Kit. These light strips fit along the back of a TV or gaming monitor. Its corner connectors and LED strip pieces optimised for TVs. LIFX notes that there is a partnership with Razer to come with the Z TV 360, which will seek to provide an immersive gaming experience.

  • Gamer kit will be priced at $70
  • LIFX Z 360 Kit will be priced $100

Both will ship around Spring 2020.

LIFX FilamentLIFX filament bulb

LIFX’s new filament bulbs are HomeKit-enabled and are available in a single warm white color. LIFX plans to debut the filament bulbs in different colours thanks to the finishes which includes smokey, amber, and clear.

The LIFX Filament will be priced at $30 and will ship Spring 2020.

LIFX Candle WhiteLIFX candle HomeKit

The LIFX Candle White to Warm joins the previously announced LIFX Candle Color, offering tunable white light in a candelabra bulb. LIFX Candle is a smaller light bulb that works in smaller environments or devices. LIFX candelabra bulb offers multiple white-light colour temperatures ranging from a warm, candle-like glow to hotter tones.

The Candle White to Warm will be priced at $30 and again will ship in the Spring.

Smart plugs & switches – HomeKit CES 2020

Smart plugs and switches have been everywhere at CES this year. This is my best picks of HomeKit devices coming in 2020.

Wemo Wi-Fi Smart PlugWemo smart plug HomeKit

The new smart plug, which will be compatible with HomeKit and will be support Wi-Fi. The smart plug will also support Alexa and Google. It is not known if the model will support any kind of energy monitoring.

Wemo StageWemo wireless switch homekit

This is a triple button wireless smart switch that comes with a backplate for mounting on a wall. The switch device is  wireless switch, comprising three buttons. It is unlikely to use Wifi due to battery life limitations.

Pricing for the Wemo Stage will be launched in the Summer of 2020, but expected to be around $50. The smart plug is said to be around US$24.99 and both will ship around the Spring of 2020. You can read more here about the two new HomeKit devices.

LIFX SwitchLIFX switch

The LIFX Switch is a small wall switch with four buttons to control both dumb and smart LIFX bulbs. Each one button is lit from behind for easy control even in the dark. You also get Tactile feedback when the button is pressed, to let you know it has responded. The switch will require installation and will replace a 4 gang existing switch.

The LIFX switch will be priced at $120 and will ship Spring 2020.

Smart locks – HomeKit CES 2020

Despite users concerns over privacy with a smart lock, manufacturers are still investing time and effort to bring them to market. Here are my top finds from CES 2020 for HomeKit smart locks.

August WiFi Smart LockAugust wi-fi smart-lock

August has announced a new Wi-Fi Smart Lock. The new lock is similar in appearance to the Smart Lock Pro, but it has a 45 percent smaller and 20 percent slimmer. The biggest bonus is that it does not need a separate hub to connect to Wifi. Meaning that it will work out of the box with HomeKit.

The August Wi-Fi Smart Lock will come in matte black and silver finishes and will ship later in 2020. More information can be found here.

Avia smart LockAvia smart lock review hands on

The AVIA smart lock will support multi-point locking systems, being one of the few smart locks to offer support for this lock. The smart lock will support HomeKit without the need for a hub.

Pricing is said to be around £250 and shipping to start this quarter. You can find more information here.

Netatmo smart lockNetatmo smart lock with keys

Netatmo has unveiled a new Smart Door Lock that works with physical NFC keys and HomeKit. The lock is operated with Smart Key, like a conventional key, or by using the Netatmo Security app.

The smart lock will support HomeKit at launch, but it will not be available until the back end of 2020. You can find more information on the Netatmo smart lock here.

Cameras & Doorbells – HomeKit CES 2020

HomeKit has already got several solid smart cameras available, but it’s not stopped device makers announcing more at CES. However, the biggest attention has been video doorbells, so I have covered with both.

Abode Smart Indoor/Outdoor Camera

This smart camera can protect your home while sitting on a shelf, mounted on a wall, or as a replacement for a doorbell. Abode’s camera can see it all with its wide-angle lens, and it features IP65 weather resistance, making it a great option both indoors and out.

The company has confirmed that HomeKit will not available at launch. It will start shipping later in 2020.

Blue By ADT Smart Doorbell, Indoor Camera & Outdoor camera

ADT HomeKit doorbell cameras

ADT today announced several new HomeKit enabled security devices. They include an indoor camera, outdoor camera video doorbell, and Wi-Fi range extender that doubles as a doorbell chime. The company has said that HomeKit support will arrive in Q2 2020.

All four products are available to pre-order starting today and will start shipping before the end of January. ADT has prices each the doorbells and cameras at $199.99 each, while the Wi-Fi extender costs $49.99.

Eve CamEve Cam HomeKit secure video

They have built Eve cam with privacy in mind as it only works with HomeKit Secure Video. The company said they built it from the ground up to protect users’ privacy. The company says it does not harvest your personal data by forcing you to set up an account or to register your accessories.

Eve has said that the smart camera will start shipping in April 2020 with a price of $149. Which seems reasonable for a HomeKit camera. You can find more information on the Eve Cam here.

Arlo Pro 3 Floodlight CameraArlo pro 3 floodlight camera

Arlo is expanding its Pro 3 lineup at CES 2020 with the wireless Arlo Pro 3 Floodlight Camera. The new device integrates a wide floodlight onto the recently introduced Arlo Pro 3 camera. The floodlight cam will come with the same video features including 2K HDR video, 160-degree field of view, two-way audio, and a built-in siren. The new LED floodlight is significantly more powerful and illuminating than the small LED found on the standard Pro 3 camera.

The new Arlo Pro 3 Floodlight Camera will be available in Spring 2020 for $249, but HomeKit support will come later in the year.

Waciao Wireless Indoor Camera

The Waciao Wireless Indoor Camera monitors things through HomeKit, but no word on if it will support HomeKit Secure Video. This camera supports 1080p HD video, 2-way audio with an onboard speaker, and night vision. The camera can utilise local storage up to 128GB.

Waciao Video Doorbell

This HomeKit enabled doorbell provides push notifications and the ability to view live video when someone is at the door. Again no word if this doorbell will support HomeKit Secure video.

Sensors – HomeKit CES 2020

Smart sensors are becoming popular, but you can find plenty of solid HomeKit smart sensors on the market today. Here are my top picks from CES 2020 HomeKit smart sensors.

Eve Water GuardEve water guard

Water damage negatively affects your quality of life, results in expensive repair bills and unfortunately is something that happens frequently. Now you can protect your home against such disastrous events. Eve Water Guard detects water leaks and alerts you to the moment they occur with visual and audio.

The Eve water guard is available for pre-order now and ships in February 2020 prices at $80.

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Everything else – HomeKit CES 2020

Below is a wrap up of everything else that didn’t fit a category.

LG 8K TelevisionsLG 8K TV HomeKit CES 2020

LG has announced its 2020 8K TV lineup featuring eight new TVs in sizes ranging from 65 inches to 88 inches, all of which support will support HomeKit and AirPlay 2.

LG says that all the TVs exceed the official 8K Ultra HD definition set by the Consumer Technology Association. The new TVs work with Apple ‌HomeKit‌ and ‌AirPlay‌ 2. Which means they can stream content from iOS devices and Mac’s via AirPlay. Users will also be able to add the TV’s to HomeKit for control in Apple’s Home App.

You can find more information here.

Legrand with Netatmo Drivia Smart Electric Panel

Legrand are bringing HomeKit to your home’s electrical box with introducing the Drivia Smart Electrical Panel system via a partnership with Netatmo.
Legrand’s Drivia system is coming Q1 2020 to European markets, with prices ranging from €68 to €100 for each unit. No word on the North America release this time. You can find more information on the Drivia smart system here.

Onelife PureOne air purifierOneLine Pureone

German Startup Onelife the PureOne; an air purifier not only designed to clean the air you breathe in the home but also blend with your environment. While the PureOne has some impressive specs, the design could be a big seller that have been put off by ugly designs.

You can find more information can be found on the Onelife Pureone here.

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