Apple Watch gains yet another ‘killer app’

“Apple Pay remains the killer app for Apple Watch, but a new home security solution from Dutch smart home firm, smanos, means you may soon have another app to wrap around your wrist,” Jonny Evans writes for Computerworld.

“That’s because the company has introduced its L020, W100 and W020 apps for the Apple Watch,” Evans writes. “The three apps integrate with the company’s home security solutions for door and window entry, flood detection and home/office motion sensing so you will be alerted when sensors are triggered, meaning you’ll know if there’s some miscreant in your home within seconds of illegal entry taking place.”

“In order to use the apps you must also purchase and install one or more of the company’s home security systems the cost of which is between $129 to $199, though there is no monthly fee for the security they provide,” Evans writes. “Once installed, users can use the Apple Watch app to arm and disarm their system and receive activity alerts, so they can check for unauthorized activity in their offices or homes.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: We have high hopes for the future HomeKit in general, and Apple Watch (watchOS) in particular, which we hope to see revealed at WWDC next month.


  1. I’m struggling with the reliabilltiy of Homekit at the moment.
    I bought 2 ConnectSense outlets a month ago and half of the time the units are not available to connect. Sometimes switching wifi on my phone on and off helps but last night I had to leave a light on since I could not turn it off. The outlets are behind furniture and it is a PITA to have to reinitialize them.
    I don’t know whether to blame Apple or the manufacturer for the issues and not having a Homekit app makes it difficult to manage.

    1. Have you updated the outlets to the latest firmware? There were some issues early on with stability but we have released a major firmware update which has fixed these issues. Please reach out to me adam at connectsense dot com and I would be happy to help

  2. Apple Pay is a “killer app?” I guess you can call a puppy “Killer” and watch it gnaw on ankles.

    This weekend, at the mall and elsewhere, several attempts to use Apple Pay at terminals with all the appropriate markings failed. At Macy’s the man said, “Well, sometimes it works, but not in this department.” McDonalds says it takes Apple Pay at drive though windows–but only if you want the terminal clumsily extended though the window. The woman at CVS said it is accepted there. They might accept something. But, it’s not Apple Pay. Same thing at the gas station. There no point at even trying at Kroger or pretty much any restaurant. I did manage to get some dog food with it at Walgreens, being told by the cashier that I am the only person she has ever seen use it.

    Basically, you need a score card and luck to figure where the tiny minority of businesses are that accept Apple Pay. I hope one day it will be a killer app. Right now, it’s a novelty.

    1. What you’ve described fits a general scenario of businesses being tech slow, tech clumsy, tech illiterate and tech overwhelmed. Apple Pay, and additionally the entire raft of RFID/NFC chip cards now out in the USA, still confuses the hell out of a lot of retailers. This tech was mandated to start in the USA a mere 6 months ago. A lot of retailers are too cheap, too pin headed, to behind the times to deal with it yet with any level of comprehension or competence.

      Once in a while I run into a retailer’s cashier who proudly and confidently provide simple instructions to customer about how to use their RFID/NFC card or device. I get goosebumps of joy and happiness knowing that it can all work, eventually.

      Meanwhile, I’m sure any of your problems had anything to do with Apple or the actual technology. It all sounds like wetware error, and not your personage wetware.

      1. Of related interest:

        Illinois senator concerned about chip card rollout, asks FTC for oversight

        Sen. Dick Durbin says “months have been wasted” in helping retailers adjust.

        Card networks agreed to transition the US from using magnetic stripe credit and debit cards to using chip-based cards years ago. With the backing of the US government, the card networks decided that by October 2015, all retailers in the US would have to have new terminal hardware to accept chip cards or face liability when fraud occurred on outdated machines. Many other countries in the world have been using chip-based cards for a decade or more.

        But despite the lead time the US has had, one survey found that as of February 2016, only 37 percent of retailers in the US were ready to process chip-based cards.

        … Which of course affects the ability to process Apple Pay.

  3. The Blink system which is frankly amazing does notifications to Apple Watch. These are wireless HD cameras which sell very inexpensively see:
    this is definitely a killer app

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