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Sunday, January 18, 2015

With HomeKit on horizon, home automation is about to get real

The year is 2018. After a long day at work, you pull into your driveway, whip out your iPhone 10 Plus and say, “Siri, I’m home.”
Your garage door opens silently, beckoning you to enter the ultra-connected smart home of the future.
As you walk in, your lights turn on. The wife used to get on you about leaving the lights on, but her nagging feels like a distant memory now. Your thermostat cools everything down to a comfortable 69 degrees. Knowing that you pulled into the driveway two minutes ago, your oven has started preheating itself. You usually fix dinner for yourself on Thursdays, so it’s time for frozen pizza.
Your 55-inch Apple TV turns on in the adjacent living room and says, “Welcome home,” in that all-too-familiar voice. Your camera-equipped doorbell will send you a push notification when your son gets home from band practice, but for now, you’re alone. It’s time to watch the highlights from last night’s game, which you queued up from your iPhone at work earlier in the day.
While the “smart home” is barely more than an industry buzzword these days, new technology from Apple and others is paving the way toward a Jetsons-style future when everything is computerized. Your thermostat. Your refrigerator. Your alarm clock. But for it all to work seamlessly, your thermostat needs a way to talk to your refrigerator.

Read more: http://www.cultofmac.com/309073/homekit-home-automation

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