THE BATTLE IS ON
Apple is, de facto, the company that in the last dozen years has beaten the path of innovation that has led us to where we are today and, proprobably where we will be tomorrow.
Smartphones, tablets, the world of app: just think about these concepts to realize how the advent of iPhone, iPad and iOS has radically changed the way of rappto nourish ourselves with information and with the Internet itself. If today we are perpetually connected (cross and delight) we must thank Apple, even where the device we carry in our pockets is not prolearned from them.
Appin recent years it has been spent, spent, innovated, has had excellent ideas and others much less, as is natural. One of the good ones, in our opinion very good, was HomeKit.
As explained also in ours training course, HomeKit is the interpretation of Apple of the concept of personal home automation. On the user side, Apple HomeKit translates into aappcalled "Home" in which to record and manage all the profirst devices; from the side producers, is a procertification program that provides the basic elements to ensure that the devices are compatible and manageable from theapp"House" indication above.
The strength of this programma is in the fact of being - today - the only one attempt by the big players to provide the user a single one HUB near which to host not only the various domotic components (even of different ones produttori) but also and above all the automations which allow him to work in concert, including those related to the position Geographic of tenants (eg. "when I leave home, do this - when I get home do that“).
The other players (Amazon e Google above all) for the moment they have achieved nothing of the kind. Their app related to home automation (respectively Amazon Alexa e Google Home) act as concentrators, but absolutely no da HUB: a reading of a sensor of the proconductor X will not be able to flow into the action of an actuator of the proconductor Y, least of all automatically, least of all based on the presence / absence of the tenants.
Despite HomeKit being, on paper, the best of all worlds, in fact it seems to trudge compared to the premises and to promasses that his introduction brought as a dowry. We are struggling, let's say, to become the only standard for personal home automation that could, that would to be in the intentions of Appthem.
Let's see - in our opinion - why.
1: Availability and prices of compatible devices
They are few and dear. This is a lapidary statement which slowly loses truthfulness (the programma has become more appetiable for i produttori thanks to changes to the terms of adoption of the 2017), but the fact remains that for the consumer world sproportion between the availability of proHomeKit compatible products compared to those compatible with other ecosystems (such as Alexa and Google Home) it's huge.
the brand Appassociated with a prodotto domotico provides him with an indirect aura of intrinsic quality, but this often does not justify the price of some products. In the 2019 certain figures are becoming ridiculously unjustified. In this Appit has little responsibility, be it clear: the price policies on the components make them i proproducers, not the Cupertino company. Certainly introducing / increasing co-marketing policies could increase the park proproducts compatible with HomeKit and perhaps reduce consumer prices.
While in, Homebridge helps us make HomeKit compatible what is not (where possible), but it is still a workaround, a circumvention of the proproblem in autonomy rather than waiting for a solution from those who set the rules of the game.
2: Lack of openness to the Android world
For years Appprovides you with various collaborative features borrowed from profirst cloud service (iCloud), but among these it does not yet appear that of being able to interface (maybe via browser) to profirst home automation. It Appput at your disposal something like this the limit of being able to control the whole profirst home automation alone via devices Appit would disappear, allowing different devices (eg Android) to do so.
An alternative solution could also be to release theapp"House" also for Android, as was done at the time for Appthe Music. Why this reluctance to open up to other worlds? It is possible that to control my HomeKit home automation you have to marry the ecosystem with your hands and feet Appthe?
Certainly Appwill have her good reasons for not allowing openings (one above all: the legitimate will to sell propri prodotti?), but this important shortcoming keeps away from a personal domotics based on HomeKit and pushes - and we at inDomus ben lo sappLet us - towards the HUB personal.
3: Need for a second device Apple in the house
In the hypothetical scenario in which 100 iPhone and 100 also have compatible domotic devices AppHomeKit, it will not be possible anyway no automation presso profirst home automation. THE'app "Casa", in fact, explicitly requires that a "bridge" device (a BRIDGE) that guarantees appto the execution of automations. The choice of which device can be made only between AppTVs (fourth generation or above), HomePod or iPad with iOS 10 or higher.
It is acceptable and technically understandable that this element is necessary for the execution of automations in the absence of tenants: that which is incomprehensible is that this element is necessary even in the presence of the same. Because my latest model iPhone can't make itself HUB for my home automation, at least when I'm at home?
Equally incomprehensible is the unavailability of Appmaking it possible for us to use old devices, maybe no longer used to make up for this functionality. Technical limits, we could be answered: we could respond in our turn that Home Assistant - an egregious one personal HUB- runs very well up, hem, Raspberry Pi (a microcomputer with limited computational capabilities).
Moral of the story: or you have a second device to let him do (also) from HUB, or forget the automations - those who are, in the end, the distinctive element compared to competitors, those that do (would they do?) of Appthe HomeKit a real e proprio HUB in the round.
4: Siri and HomePod
Voice assistants and smart speakers live a moment of great popularity. Positioned at the top of the domotics pyramid (and not to the base, just to avoid big misunderstandings, they allow you to control the home automation (underlying) with simple and immediate commands.
This point fucks with the 1 point: the number of components compatible with Google Assistant e Amazon Alexa increase more and more every day (and at an almost dizzying rate), while compatibility with Siri (the assistant of Apple) - since it passes from the HomeKit one - it is limitedly guaranteed. Siri is also available alone on devices like iPhone, iPad and theMac with macOS: the only one smart speaker equipped with such voice assistant is Appthe HomePod.
HomePod is - according to anyone who has listened to the quality of ripromusical production - a device fabulous. However, this quality has a cost: to date (January 2018) the price of HomePod, drum roll, is 350$.
Assistant (Google's voice assistant) e Alexa (the voice assistant of Amazon) are available on smart speakers (of different qualities and features) proproduced by Google and by Amazon as well as from third parties. To equip itself with Google Assistant and / or Amazon Alexa is spent (for entry level smart speakers) poche tens of euros.
Catch the point?
To control the smart speaker and voice commands profirst home automation based of AppHomeKits must be used HomePod (unless you want to use an iPhone / iPad and use the "hey Siri": Well prolet us go, then tell us if it is actually usable or not).
Well: at least there is to say that - see point 3 - HomePod can do also HUB. Sure.
Finally, a prointrinsic problem to the question is Siri herself: while Assistant and Alexa (especially the latter) are designed in modular logic, which allows external developers to Appto create appLicenses that expand their capabilities, Siri is a totally closed environment: the functionalities decide, implement and implement them Appthe. Sure: recently Apphe released them Shortcuts, a tool that allows you to customize some features at Siri, but we are still far from the "skill" model proplace from Amazon. Very far.
5: Some small, boring limitations
Because if in HomeKit home automation a temperature sensor X I can't define an automation (of course, owning theHUB of the point 3) that allows me, let's say, to trigger an action towards a device Y upon reaching a certain temperature?
Why can't I set more conditions in an automation? Why are some sensors not - quite incomprehensibly - usable as an automation trigger? Because I have to work around so many small limitations of theapp "Home" using appthird party licenses, guy "Elvate Eve"?
If perfection is only of the divine, from Appwe do not expect any perfection: a perfezionamento, if anything, given by the demolition of some small (sometimes incomprehensible, especially for those of domotics a bit 'it chews) limits that spoil an experience that, otherwise, would be promove with full marks.
Then why Appcan HomeKits still win the home automation challenge?
Simple: because the others are still far behind.
Appit has the tactical advantage of having understood first that in personal domotics it is necessary to be able to abstract from proconductor of the component / device / actuator / sensor or whatever, leaving the user the possibility of using it as you see fit in relation to the other elements. To date, the only viable alternative (indeed, superior, given the absence of the five critical points mentioned above) are, like sappiamo, i HUB personal.
An organic, homogeneous environment allows you to gradually equip yourself with a truly structured and functional home automation environment and this, with HomeKit, would certainly be guaranteed. THE proHowever, there are many problems, and the gap (initially huge) between HomeKit and other ecosystems is quickly eroding.
Who has done worse than so far Appit is doing better in terms of communication, price policies, functionality and openness. Apphe has a great knowledge and a great capacity for innovation from his: this is why we believe that, with serious reflection within it, he will be able to face this challenge and win it by putting the seeds of tomorrow's harvest today. We firmly believe that HomeKit is still a great projet, but that the many vices currently present cloud their present and, above all, the future.
AppWill you win the challenge?
We will see.
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