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The best Apple HomeKit devices of 2019

So which HomeKit products should you get? There’s a growing list of options, but we’re here to help you winnow it down to the best of the best HomeKit devices. Here are our top picks for HomeKit households, all based on years of tests at the CNET Smart Home.

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Belkin will soon add HomeKit support to their Wemo IoT solutions

Continuing to expand its award-winning Internet of Things ecosystem, Wemo®, the smart home brand from Belkin International, today announced it plans to enable Apple® HomeKit™ compatibility to more than two million Wemo solutions on the market.  With the HomeKit enabled Wemo Bridge, Wemo users will be able to ask Siri® on their iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch - “Siri, turn on Wemo,” or “Siri, dim the living room lights,” or use the Apple Home app on any of these devices.  Users will also be able to include Wemo products into scenes and rooms to work with more than one hundred other HomeKit compatible products and access them while on the go.

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GE’s multifunctional Sol gets HomeKit support this summer

The industry’s first Amazon Alexa-embedded lighting product – C by GE Sol – is adding to its convenience and fun as GE announces new features and opens a promotional wait-list window, giving early adopters first dibs on the product, plus an exclusive 20 percent discount. Sol combines functional illumination, a contemporary design, visual indicators for everyday tasks, sleep-based light and all the skills you’d find in an Amazon Alexa product without the need for a stand-alone Alexa-device.

Sol, which gets its namesake from the circular shape and illumination of the sun, is part of GE’s vision to unleash the ultimate living experience with smart products tapping into new potential at home. Starting today, consumers signing up as Sol early adopters will be first in line when product ordering goes live, also receiving a 20 percent discount off the suggested retail price of $199.99. Product is expected to ship in September from Amazon.com and CbyGE.com.

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Please welcome with us the Decora Smart Lighting Controls to the HomeKit family

Leviton announced today the release of the Decora Smart™ product offering with support for Apple HomeKit, allowing for customizable lighting control using an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple Watch or Siri. This new family of products features three devices including 600 Watt and 1000 Watt in-wall dimmers, as well as a 15 Amp switch with multi-way capability. These dimmers and switches are all wireless and individually HomeKit-enabled, requiring no centralized hub or bridge to coordinate the accessories throughout the home.

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Build your new HomeKit device securely with the SimpleLink MCU Controller Platform

Available today, the new Texas Instruments SimpleLink microcontroller (MCU) platform is transforming the pace of product proliferation by uniting a robust set of hardware, software and tools under a single development environment.

Built on a shared foundation of drivers, frameworks and libraries, the SimpleLink MCU platform’s new software development kits (SDKs) enable scalability with 100 percent code reuse, reducing design time and allowing developers to invest once and leverage across multiple products. With the ability to choose any device from the industry’s broadest portfolio of 32-bit wired and wireless ARM®-based MCUs, Internet of Things (IoT) and industrial products can easily adapt to changing design or application requirements.

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Qualcomm announced two new System-on-chips (SoCs) for HomeKit

Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM), today announced two new System-on-chips (SoCs), the QCA4020 and QCA4024. Qualcomm Technologies is the first to announce a tri-mode SoC QCA4020, integrating Bluetooth® Low Energy 5, Dual-band Wi-Fi®, and 802.15.4-based technologies, including ZigBee® and Thread, while QCA4024 integrates Bluetooth Low Energy 5 and 802.15.4.

Both QCA4020 and QCA4024 deliver advanced features from the Qualcomm® Network IoT Connectivity Platform, including seamless coexistence across technologies with pre-integrated support for HomeKit™ and the Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF™) specifications, as well as support for AWS IoT software development kit (SDK) and Microsoft Azure Internet-of-Things (IoT) Devices SDK to connect with Azure IoT Hub.

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D-Link Begins Selling Omna 180 HomeKit Camera

D-Link Corporation today announced that the new Omna™ 180 Cam HD (DSH-C310) is available for purchase online today at Apple.com and in Apple stores around the world later this month. The first in D-Link’s Omna family of HomeKit enabled devices, the Omna 180 Cam HD provides an easy way for users to monitor their homes for extra peace of mind.

Omna’s HomeKit integration allows users to be “always home” and includes advanced security features with end-to-end encryption and authentication between the camera and an iPhone or iPad. When activity is detected, users will receive a rich notification on their lock screen, delivered via the Apple Home app, showing a live feed from the camera. Users can even access their Omna remotely to see what’s happening in their home in real time1.

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Apple HomeKit comes to open your LiftMaster garage door

LiftMaster®, the number one brand of professionally installed garage door openers and access solutions, is bringing the promise of Apple HomeKit compatibility to the company’s MyQ®-enabled garage door openers.

Beginning in April 2017, newer LiftMaster residential garage door openers equipped with MyQ technology can be easily upgraded to work with HomeKit using the new MyQ Home Bridge (Model 819LMB), bringing new levels of convenience and control to consumers.  Older openers can be upgraded to work with HomeKit using the new MyQ Garage 2.0 (Model 821LMB) accessory.

“LiftMaster and Apple have worked extremely hard to bring an outstanding LiftMaster MyQ experience to the HomeKit ecosystem,” said John Villanueva, Vice President of Marketing. “HomeKit users are going to be very pleased with the level of integration, usability and reliability we will be delivering with MyQ technology.”

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New HomeKit Thermostat Côr available early this year to control your ‘nest’

Continuing its longstanding commitment to create the most versatile and interoperable smart thermostat available, Carrier is pleased to announce its Côr™ thermostat is now compatible with the Apple HomeKit. The collaboration between Carrier and Apple, two of the world’s most innovative brands, provides homeowners a seamless experience in managing their home’s climate controls and comfort. Carrier, a world leader in high-technology heating, air-conditioning and refrigeration solutions, is a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).

“Carrier and Apple are brands long synonymous with innovations that have changed our world, so this collaboration signals a very bright future for how homeowners interact with their home. It is a marriage between smart devices and home comfort, convenience and security,” says Matthew Pine, vice president, marketing, Carrier, residential. “We are excited for what this collaboration will mean for our customers, now and in the future.” 

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Fibaro launches 3 cool HomeKit accessories to check out now

FIBARO, a leading global manufacturer of wireless intelligent home automation and control devices, is announcing a brand new product line compatible with Apple HomeKit. The three new devices – Fibaro Flood Sensor, Fibaro Motion Sensor and Fibaro Door/Window Sensor – feature intuitive technology and a sleek design with Bluetooth® LE inside. Fibaro is also launching a new app for the devices to deliver ease of use, remote access and extended product functionality. All three devices also integrate with and can be controlled using the Apple Home app in iOS 10.

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