July 2, 2016
At the heart of a smart home, there is an app based on Apple’s HomeKit framework, which lets you control your entire home, from one place. The myHome Plus app could turn your iPhone into a home-controlling device in one click.
It may sound futuristic, but the future is here. Instead of spending money on ordinary light bulbs or thermostats, smart HomeKit enabled accessories like ecobee aim to provide more convenience to their owners. Ecobee3, for example, solves a problem that all ordinary thermostats bring with them: they only measure temperature in one location. That obviously doesn’t reflect the temperature of other rooms, making them less than convenient on a basic level. Using wireless sensors which measure temperature and occupancy, the problem is solved.
This app allows you to control all smart home accessories in one place. To do that, the simple to use myHome Plus app packs various features like Scenes, Triggers, Remote Access, Rooms and Zones. Upon launch, myHome Plus requires you to add all your rooms, and define zones, to enable the control convenience that comes with it after identifying the smart home accessories you own.
Scenes, for example, is an action set representing a state of your home. A trigger executes scenes at specific conditions. It requires you to have at least one scene with an action to create one. MyHome Plus comes with four default scenes to start with.
The app allows users to share their home control with anyone with an iCloud account. MyHome Plus works with HomeKit product manufactured by ConnectSense, Ecobee, Elgato, First Alert, Haier, Honeywell, iDevices, iHome, Incipio, Insteon, Lutron, Nanoleaf, Netatmo, Parce, Philips, Schlage and Nest. For the latter, however, you’ll have an option to purchase an upgrade that supports all Nest product for $5.99.
MyHome Plus is available as a free download from the App Store (includes an Apple Watch app), and the developers promised to add support for WeMo devices soon.
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