Apple’s Siri has new role in new smart home systems

“Hey Siri, turn off the kitchen light,” Brandon Bailey reports for The Associated Press.

“The first ‘smart’ home gadgets that can be controlled by Apple’s voice-activated digital assistant are going on sale this week,” Bailey reports. “The new products could be an important step forward for the emerging industry of ‘smart’ or ‘connected’ homes, where appliances, thermostats and even door locks contain computer chips that communicate wirelessly.”

“While a number of companies are working on similar products, analysts say Apple could persuade more consumers to try them by making it easy to control different products from a familiar device, such as the iPhone,” Bailey reports. “The tie-in with Apple means a user can control those apps with Siri, the voice-activated digital assistant on Apple’s iPhones and iPads. Users must link with an Apple TV box to control from outside the home.”

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  1. I think Apple will do something with indoor location. When an Apple Watch wearer enters the kitchen, the lights should go on even without any need to ask Siri. It’s just a speculation but possible.

  2. If these multi-company devices can all work through Siri then that would be outstanding. Right now I have Hue in my family room, Wemo controlling outdoor lighting and a Honeywell RedLink system controlling my HVAC.

  3. “Hey Siri, turn off the kitchen light.”

    Really? In this day and age, occupancy detection should take care of things like this automatically. Lights, music, temperature, etc. should all be controlled by the presence (only) of the individual. How about: “Hey Siri, this is my friend Tom, make him welcome in my home. Tome likes ‘easy listening’ in the morning and ‘rock’ at night. He likes it about 2 degrees colder than I do.”

    1. And when the power goes down? And when there is a flood? And when there is a nuclear war? And when . . .

      Come on Bob, are you that dense? The internet has more reliability than the power grid. Get ahold of reality.

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