Inside all the new HomeKit products coming out in 2020
We are barely kicking off 2020 and we already have more than 35 new HomeKit products waiting in the wings to launch at various points throughout the year —some of which have already hit the market. Let’s take a look at some of the best.
A sampling of the new HomeKit gear launching in 2020
There is a veritable pile of HomeKit gear available now. Products run the range from basic lightbulbs that just turn off and on, through door locks, air purifiers, window sensors, and so much more. And, there is more coming.
For 2020, we will also many new HomeKit security products being released, including several locks that have unique takes on a flooded category.
We’ve also seen many new smart lights and an influx of cameras. Cameras have historically been a weak category for HomeKit so it is encouraging to see so many coming to market.
For 2020, August is launching a new version of its flagship smart lock. Now dubbed the August Wi-Fi Smart Lock, it has all the same functionality except Wi-Fi is now integrated right into the lock itself. Oh, it also happens to be more than 40% smaller than the last generation as well.August Wi-Fi smart lock (left) compared to the existing August Smart Lock (right)
We examined the August Wi-Fi Smart Lock in early January, so be sure to check that out for additional insight.
Yale has three products of its own for 2020. There is the new Smart Safe which integrated its popular connected home platform to a safe. It launches this spring and is fully compatible with Apple’s HomeKit for gaining access as well as access control.
That all goes for the new Smart Cabinet Lock as well. It mounts inside a cabinet and controls access to whatever lies within. Think booze or other personal items.
Finally, Yale has the new Smart Delivery Box. This new box developed with Step2 is a great way to protect packages that get delivered. It automatically locks after a package has been placed inside and has easy control from your phone.
All three will be available to order this spring.
Nanoleaf Unified Hexagons light panels
Nanoleaf gave us another look at its unified hexagon smart light that we saw last year at CES which look like they are finally ready to ship this spring.
They are launching alongside the new Smart Learning System. The Smart Learning System includes a Smart Learning Button, a Smart Learning Switch, a Smart Learning Gateway, and a Smart Learning Bulb.
This system will learn as you control it to eventually take over for you in automating the lights in your home.
Abode Indoor Outdoor HomeKit camera
Abode just brought HomeKit to the Iota all-in-one gateway, now they are launching an indoor/outdoor camera.
This new camera has several different mounting options and works with HomeKit, though currently not with HomeKit Secure Video.
Legrand has partnered with Netatmo for the Drivia Smart Electrical Panel.Legrand Drivia smart electrical control panel
This brings HomeKit support directly to your home’s electrical panel where you can monitor rooms, devices, and even control larger appliances. Think turning off your water heater while you go out of town for the week.
It will launch in Q1 of 2020.
OneLife PureOne HomeKit air purifier
OneLife is a new startup debuting its first product, the PureOne air purifier. This is one of the few HomeKit air purifiers to be announced. What is particularly unique is that the filter inside never needs to be replaced, and instead can be watched. It also can filter PM 1.0 particles which are smaller than the normal PM 2.5 particles normally filtered.
Philips Hue Econic path lights
For 2020, Signify is launching several new outdoor products for the Philips Hue line. There is the Appear which casts triangles of light upwards and downwards on the wall.
There is also the new Lily XL spotlights that are larger than the original Lily lamps that launched. Finally for the outdoors lights the U.S. will see the Econic path light.Hue can lights come in white and color and 6-inch and 8-inch sizes
Inside the home, Signify is launching six inch and eight inch can lights. They come in white ambiance and color + white ambiance versions.
Eve already released the Eve Water Guard in 2020 to help monitor for leaks and water damage. It will soon be followed by the second generation Eve Energy that has a much slimmer profile.Eve Cam supports HomeKit Secure Video
The big news though is the Eve Cam. This is the first dedicated HomeKit Secure Video security camera to launch. It is highly secure with no registration, no third-party servers, and all encrypted video.
ADT’s line of Blue HomeKit cameras
As part of ADT’s Blue line, ADT is launching an indoor camera, an outdoor camera, and a video doorbell that all support HomeKit, though not HomeKit Secure Video at launch.
Wemo React smart plug can trigger other accessories or scenes
Belkin’s Wemo brand is going to release a new smart plug that supports HomeKit this year unlike any other. Instead of controlling the light, the Wemo React monitors electrical consumption. Whenever it detects electricity being drawn, it can control another accessory or automate a scene.
A good example of this is a wireless charger. Whenever you place your phone on the bathroom’s wireless charger, it automatically turns the lights on.Wemo Stage controller can trigger six HomeKit commands
The second new Wemo product is the Wemo Stage. This is a remote that can control up to six different scenes or devices between the three buttons. A single press can turn the light on and a long press on the same button can turn it off.
LIFX Switch supports multiple HomeKit scenes and accessories
In 2020, LIFX will be launching several new products to fill out its portfolio. Thus far, we’ve seen a new set of filament bulbs, a new white candle bulb, and the new LIFX Switch.LIFX Z-TV 360 light strip
It is also launching the Z-TV 360 and Z Gamer light strips that can be mounted behind a TV or monitor.
Netatmo is releasing a new smart door lock that will support HomeKit during the 2nd half of 2020.Netatmo Smart Door Lock supports HomeKit and physical NFC keys
What makes it unique is that it can still be unlocked via keys —but NFC keys. These NFC keys can be disabled or enabled from within the app and give a nice sense of physicality to the lock.
Last year in January Brilliant announced impending HomeKit support for its wall panels, but for 2020 they’ve announced a simple switch and a smart plug.
The switch lacks a display like the other Brilliant panels, but it can still control and dim a room’s lights. It is a good compliment to rooms that already have a Brilliant smart wall panel installed.
Level Lock hidden deadbolt
Lever Lock is yet another HomeKit lock, but mixes things up by being invisible. This lock hides entirely within the door frame, allowing users to retain their existing hardware and keys.
This was announced in 2019 but looks ready to hit shelves in 2020.
Braun LE01 AirPlay 2 speaker
Finally, Braun is releasing a new set of speakers based on the iconic Dieter Ram designs. The LE01, LE02, and LE03 all are connected AirPlay 2 speakers that support HomeKit for easy control, playback, and automation.
No better time than now to get started with HomeKit
HomeKit is quickly gaining steam and we expect many more accessories to launch this year that aren’t included on our list. There are already more accessories announced for this year than there were this time last year.
In 2019, Apple has significantly invested in HomeKit. Bringing a multitude of new features as part of iOS 13 including support for routers, automation with NFC, and HomeKit Secure Video. Apple also open-sourced its HomeKit Accessory Development Kit to spur accessory makes and has joined the Project Home Over IP group.
If you are just getting started with Apple HomeKit, check out our extensive guides such as how to decide if HomeKit is right for you, how to get started with your first few accessories, and how to automate your home.
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HomeKit Automation #003: Create a status light for smart locks & sensors
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In our third entry to our HomeKit automation series, we explore a simple way to create a door lock status light. While the status light could represent many things, I use it as a way to be sure all my doors are closed and locked.
If you prefer to watch, rather than read, check our tutorial in video form.
Now let’s go ahead and move on and look at this week’s challenge and tutorial.
I came up with this after a frequent question from my girlfriend. “Did you lock the door?” is something I would hear on a nightly basis. I would assure her I did, or on other occasions, I would ask Siri to confirm this for me. Both of these are totally adequate solutions, but I was looking for a way to appease her worry without having to be the one to answer.
I found an elegant solution, that works reliably, and lets me know that all my doors/windows are closed, and that the door is locked.
So let’s go jump in and take a look how.
How to create a smart lock status light
The general solution here is to use a nightlight as the status monitor, with a few well-crafted automation rules.
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To follow along at home, you need the Home app, a HomeKit lock, and (preferably) an iDevices accessory.
Note: You don’t need an iDevices accessory necessarily, but they all come with a small “nightlight” on their accessories that can be controlled via HomeKit. If you don’t have an iDevices outlet or wall switch, you really could use any HomeKit light in its place.
Once you’ve got your HomeKit lock and a light to use for the status, we can get to the automation.
1) Open the Home app and choose the Automation tab.
2) Tap the + button in the top right-hand corner.
3) Choose “An Accessory is Controlled” as the type of new automation.
4) The first step is to choose the accessory that will trigger the status light. In our situation, that means we want to choose our door lock.
5) The second step is to choose what the action is. We will need to set this up twice, once for locking, and once for unlocking. In the first round, we will choose Locks, any Time, with People turned off.
6) Now find your light that we will control, in my case my iDevices nightlight.
7) The last step before saving the automation is to choose the brightness and color of the light. For me, I want it to turn red and be at 10% whenever the door locks. Then tap Done.
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8) Repeat these steps as above, but instead of Locks choose Unlocks, and instead of red make the color green or whichever color you’d like to use for unlocked.
You’re now all set up! In my setup, whenever the Dining Room Front Door (which happens to be my front door) locks, the nightlight in my bedroom changes to red at 10 percent brightness. If it unlocks, it goes to green at 10 percent brightness.
Here is what that automation looks like, but be aware, the summary screen doesn’t show you the color of the nightlight.
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This is a fairly basic example of a status light, and if you wanted to get even more complicated, you could use a series of conditional statements to make it immensely more inclusive.
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As an example, if you have HomeKit sensors on your windows, you could have them change the status light to green when they are opened, and turn to red, when they close with a conditional based on the door also being locked.
You would then have to update your door automation to only turn red if the windows are also closed.
You can see how this can easily become complicated, but still effective.
Creating a status light is something that was born out of a need in our home. People like feeling secure, and til now, there is not much in the form of HomeKit security systems. You are more or less relegated to setting up your own system yourself.
Hopefully, in the future, you could take the “security system” further by making a speaker play an audio track to let you know if a door or window is opened after a certain time, assuming that speaker supported AirPlay 2.
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Did you give this HomeKit tip a try?
Let me know how it went, or any modifications you made, down in the comments!