Elgato created a light switch for Apple HomeKit
Apple’s HomeKit has an amazing array of features and tools that many of us aren’t using, but luckily there are dozens of companies working to make the adaptation of the tech easier on all of us. It’s still a very forward-thinking technology at this point, as most users are only now coming around to the idea utilizing the smart-home concept in our daily lives.
This week Elgato launched the Eve Light Switch, which the company is calling “the worlds first light switch with HomeKit technology”. The Eve Light Switch transforms any single or multi-bulb setup into a Siri-enabled lighting system, so you can use your voice to control your existing bulbs regardless of their shape, size or color.
The device replaces a single pole switch and features Bluetooth low energy technology to ensure easy setup, reliable operation, and power efficiency. One of eight products in the Elgato Eve line of HomeKit-enabled accessories, Eve Light Switch is available today for $49.95 on Amazon.com.
“Controlling your light bulbs using Siri is a compelling experience, but up until now, you were out of luck if they were switched off at the wall,” said Markus Fest, General Manager of Elgato. By integrating Bluetooth low energy technology into the wall switch itself, Eve Light Switch is the first HomeKit-enabled product that provides seamless access to your lights.
Eve Light Switch features a capacitive touch sensor to manually turn a light on or off. It replaces a single pole switch and is ready for DIY or professional installation. Thanks to Bluetooth low energy technology, Eve Light Switch does not require a gateway or bridge, and is totally immune to cyber attacks over the internet. To control Eve Light Switch when you are away from home, all you need is an Apple TV 4 that is set up as a Home Hub. To control brightness and color, combine Eve Light Switch with a HomeKit-enabled Philips Hue setup.
With Eve, see your home at a glance right on your iPhone and iPad. The Eve family of HomeKit accessories gathers data on air quality, temperature, humidity, air pressure, energy consumption and more. Gain insights that help you improve your comfort, and make your home a smarter place. Use the free Eve app to view all data collected by Eve and control all accessories featuring HomeKit technology.
Pricing & Availability
Eve Light Switch is now available on Elgato.com and on Amazon.com for $49.95. All Eve accessories as well as HomeKit compatible third party products are easily controlled using the Eve app, available as a free download from the App Store.