HomeKit & Home Automation
Although home automation is not a new topic for the Brothers (see the Home Automation series from 2020…including Convenience, Security, & Safety)…there are quite a few changes that have occurred across this market that are worth discussing. With both of the Brothers having recently set up or adapted their automation ecosystems, it is time to share those experiences, successes, and frustrations. If you have been thinking about using/migrating to HomeKit, you will want to listen to this episode. Listen/watch as Brian attempts to (begrudgingly) set up HomeKit (along with his Alexa environment)…and his therapy session with Alan. Luckily, Brian made a mistake in his set-up (on purpose, of course)…just so Alan could feel good about helping him to correct it.
Products/Apps/Services mentioned in this episode:
- Apple HomeKit/Home app: Apple’s native smart home application/system
- Homebridge: Open source server application for converting non-HomeKit devices to HomeKit signals
- Aqara Wireless Switch & Hub: A simple button that can be programmed to operate your HomeKit scenes/devices (but, be aware of using with Alexa)
- Amazon Alexa
- Google Home
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