iHome ships Apple HomeKit 5-in-1 SmartMonitor, with environmental sensors

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Smart home accessory purveyor iHome is shipping the iSS50 5-in-1 SmartMonitor, allowing users to monitor not just motion like most sensor packages, but humidity, temperature, and more, enabling complex HomeKit actions based on a variety of environmental conditions, all detected from one device.




The iHome iSS50 5 in 1 SmartMonitor is an environmental multi-sensor that alerts users to changes in room temperature, humidity, sound, light and motion either through its app, or through HomeKit integration. By implementing the new device in a smart home setup, users will be able to automate functions based on environmental conditions within their homes, such as automatically turning on lights when sound is sensed, turning on or off fans based on room temperature, turning on a dehumidifier when humidity levels rise, and other similar actions.

The new SmartMonitor works with iHome Smart Plugs to toggle power to connected appliances and lights, and also works with other HomeKit-enabled accessories to set triggers based on any of the 5 sensors. In addition, iHome's line of SmartPlugs are compatible with other platforms including Amazon Alexa, SmartThings and Wink.

The iSS50 retails for $80, and is available now through iHome.

Introduced in 2014, HomeKit allows users to connect to a variety of compatible home automation devices through one common iOS Home app, as opposed to a series of disconnected interfaces. The addition of Siri control to HomeKit allows for complicated sequences of events to be induced from an iOS device or a Mac running Sierra.

Apple CEO Tim Cook said during October's quarterly and annual financial results conference call that there will be more than 100 HomeKit compatible products available before the end of this year.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 8
    paxmanpaxman Posts: 4,594member
    A solution looking for a problem if I ever saw one. I guess with my Apple watch telling me to stand up every hour I can walk across the room and check the device instead of walking around the house flicking the lights on and off and fiddling with the thermostat, having spent the last hour adjusting all the settings from my LazyBoy. :)
  • Reply 2 of 8
    Is there a HomeKit solution that will let me turn off all the Christmast lights throughout my house as one action... I guess as a "scene", using HomeKit terminology?

    I say this somewhat facetiously, because it's not that hard to walk around the house doing this.  But it would be nice... :wink: 
  • Reply 3 of 8
    tzm41tzm41 Posts: 82member
    I own this device, but now you can only trigger actions with motion sensor, not the other four, in the Home app.
  • Reply 4 of 8
    I have the nest , it pays for itself because it syncs with iphone and detects if im home or not and regulates temp in house based on that.
  • Reply 5 of 8
    bonobobbonobob Posts: 160member
    Nice press release. What about the security of this device?
  • Reply 6 of 8
    mike1mike1 Posts: 1,848member
    I have the nest , it pays for itself because it syncs with iphone and detects if im home or not and regulates temp in house based on that.
    Guess you live alone.
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  • Reply 7 of 8
    fallenjtfallenjt Posts: 3,976member
    Is there a HomeKit solution that will let me turn off all the Christmast lights throughout my house as one action... I guess as a "scene", using HomeKit terminology?

    I say this somewhat facetiously, because it's not that hard to walk around the house doing this.  But it would be nice... wink 
    Not sure if HomeKit allows you to set up a group like Amazon Echo: one command for entire group. 
    edited November 2016
  • Reply 8 of 8
    cpsrocpsro Posts: 2,449member
    Is there a HomeKit solution that will let me turn off all the Christmast lights throughout my house as one action... I guess as a "scene", using HomeKit terminology?

    I say this somewhat facetiously, because it's not that hard to walk around the house doing this.  But it would be nice... wink 
    If you want to do anything sophisticated with home automation, take a look at Indigo software for Mac. Z-wave communications hardware is proprietary, licensed technology but one of it's supposed benefits is added security (perhaps on par with HomeKit), plus good range and communications relaying. A wide variety of Z-wave sensors and controllers are available, many/most of which are considerably less expensive than HomeKit-compatible devices.
    edited November 2016
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