When Apple introduced Homekit two years ago and now three operating systems were looking for two European companies that were preparing to support Cupertino's new course in the field of smart home before others and were brands well known to Apple users: Philips and Elgato. We will talk about the first and its products Homekit and Hue in the next few days, we like to discuss the second after the visit to the IFA 2016 stand in Berlin which allowed us not only to appreciate the new products but also to give a broader speech on the prospects of Apple's home automation platform.
As many of our readers know, Elgato was the first to support the framework designed by Apple to manage the home with a European commercial product: its the first controlled outlets managed by Homekit and its the first series of accessories capable of detecting temperature, humidity and VOC inside (Eve Room) or temperature and humidity outside (Eve Weather).
In these two years Elgato – who in the meantime got rid of the section that dealt with TV tuners – has suffered a bit from the progressive but slow growth of the Apple platform: having ready-made and functional products and an application built on its own, eve, depended on Apple's ability to create an all-round solution that included an interactive use of sensors and actuators but above all a signal that also showed users that the Homekit ecosystem was truly at the center of Cupertino's offer.
The signal, strong and clear, arrived with iOS 10, with the Casa application as standard on all new and updated phones and above all on the real operation of Apple TV which with the fourth generation functions as an effective bridge between the inside and outside of the house.
Elgato's solutions have, like all projects that arise at the dawn of an idea, strengths and weaknesses: the greatest advantage to date of being when used individually ultra-tested and without operating problems, the biggest flaw is that they are based on a solution of Bluetooth transmission which has low consumption but also a relatively small range and therefore they are (or rather were) suitable for small houses, offices or restricted areas of the home; the good news that both Apple TV and iPad and the upcoming range extender on the market will be able to extend the network of Elgato devices to efficiently cover larger areas or new areas of the home.
In addition to this, new products are coming that represent the German company's all-out commitment: after eve Thermo, presented here for the first time at a consumer fair, together with the Eve Motion sensor which we have given you account for in recent days, they are under study of the switches and the Aqua irrigation control system, always manageable via Bluetooth and which in the prototype phase shown at IFA did not yet have the Homekit integration: it will not be difficult to implement it in the near future since Elgato not only produces compatible devices but also allows third parties parts to integrate their Homekit Eve core basic kit to create ad hoc projects.
Just at IFA was presented the solution of the German manufacturer of fixtures systems PaX with a door opening system totally integrated with Homekit and consequently with Siri: to open the door just dictate the command on your authorized iPhone or Apple watch and the door is To hatch
The presence of a basic software, already active at the operating system level, is absolutely not a problem for elgato: those who want to access detailed sensor statistics, program finally complex actions on the controlled sockets can always use the app (also free) Eve while the integration on iOS will allow you to access all the scenes and devices with the naturalness that Apple's interface allows.
Products elgato eve they can be purchased both at Apple Premium Resellers and Apple Stores and also on Amazon or on the direct online store.