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12. November 2018

Review: Vocolinc Offers the First HomeKit Supported Essential Oil Diffuser With the ‚FlowerBud‘

Apple’s HomeKit platform has expanded to support a variety of device categories since its launch in 2014, now including lights, thermostats, ceiling fans, sprinklers, outlets, and humidifiers.

Although close in style to humidifiers, one specific accessory missing from HomeKit has been an essential oil diffuser, and now connected smart home brand Vocolinc has introduced the FlowerBud Smart Diffuser to rectify the situation.

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Out of the box, the FlowerBud Smart Diffuser looks somewhat similar to other essential oil diffusers, and it’s broken into two parts for quick-and-easy assembly. There’s a 6.5-inch wide base that holds the water [...]

 
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9. November 2018

Wemo’s WiFi Smart Dimmer Gains HomeKit Compatibility Through New Firmware Update

Belkin’s Wemo brand today announced HomeKit support for the Wemo WiFi Smart Dimmer, which is being added to existing Smart Dimmer switches through a software update.

Wemo’s Smart Dimmer, priced at $79.99, is a wall switch that replaces a traditional wall switch and is designed to dim connected lights.

With HomeKit integration, the Smart Dimmer can be controlled via Siri voice commands on iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, Apple TV, and HomePod, and it adds controls for the device in the Home app.

„More than 1.5 million Wemo Mini and Dimmers are in the hands of consumers and people can now leverage this software update for use with the [...]

 
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30. Oktober 2018

Review: Eve Aqua Brings HomeKit Automation to Your Irrigation Sprinklers

Just prior to rebranding as Eve Systems to focus on HomeKit devices in late June, Elgato launched its Eve Aqua water controller, a HomeKit-enabled device that attaches to an outdoor water faucet to control and monitor water usage.

While Eve Aqua can be used with any hose connection, it’s primarily intended for use with sprinklers, which can be set to run automatically on a schedule for optimal watering. I’ve been testing out an Eve Aqua at my home over the past few months, and I’ve found it to be a helpful automation tool to assist with irrigation needs.

Installation

Installation of Eve Aqua is simple, as it comes with two AA batteries needed for [...]

 
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16. Oktober 2018

Review: Philips‘ Hue Outdoor Lightstrip With HomeKit Integration Lights Up Your Backyard

Earlier this year, Philips debuted a new range of outdoor Hue lighting products that are designed to bring the iPhone-controlled multi-colored lights that you’re used to using inside to the outside.

There are outdoor spotlights, wall lanterns, pathway lights, outdoor bulbs, and for accent lighting, the Hue White and Color Ambiance Outdoor Lightstrip.

Measuring in at 80 inches, the $89 Outdoor Lightstrip is perfect for balconies, patios, backyards, and anywhere else you’d like to add gorgeous and functional accent lighting that’s also weatherproof.

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I’ve been using Hue products for years and I have a standard indoor Hue [...]

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