iControl is the Missing piece in Apple’s HomeKit.
Designer Peter Zigich, has come up with device that controls Smart Home using upcoming Apple’s HomeKit. It’s a cross between a universal remote control and an iDevice with lots of connectivity options. He calls this device iControl.
At Apple’s recent Worldwide Developers Conference HomeKit, a suite of tools for controlling devices such as lights, locks, garage doors, alarms, thermostats and more using iOS device was announced.
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.
- 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).
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).
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Who doesn’t like “Smart Home”?
We like it.
Probably expensive, if ever made.