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Apple’s HomeKit platform was announced more than a year ago but HomeKit-certified products continue to be in scant supply. In fact, there are currently just five HomeKit-compatible accessories available on the market: the Ecobee3, Elgato Eve, iHome iSP5 SmartPlug, Insteon Hub and Lutron Caseta Wireless Lighting Starter Kit.

More were announced but HomeKit won’t take off until fall at the earliest for it hit unforseen issues.

First HomeKit code base “blew up” and now prototype devices seem to be performing poorly as the current crop of Bluetooth chips struggle to handle strong encryption imposed by Apple.

With that in mind, here’s a list of HomeKit-compatible appliances thus far.

A Reddit user has taken it upon himself to create a website dedicated to listing HomeKit-compatible appliances for the connected home such as thermostats, lighting, sensors, weather and security appliances, cameras, locks, plugs and HomeKit bridges.

HonmeKit compatible devices

Apple has curiously stopped selling Google-owned Nest Learning Thermostat and Nest Protect smoke alarm in its online and brick-and-mortar stores and is now redirecting Apple Store searches for these products to a page displaying HomeKit devices.

The following HomeKit-compliant products have been released or announced thus far:

  • August Smart Lock
  • Ecobee3 Thermostat
  • Elgato Eve door and window sensor
  • Elgato Eve Room
  • Elgato Eve Weather
  • iDevices Switch
  • iHome Control Smart Plug
  • Honeywell Lyric
  • Kwikset Lock
  • Lutron Smart Bridge
  • MyQ Garage Lock
  • Phillips Hue
  • Phillips Hue Lux
  • SkyBell
  • Withings Home

In order to protect sensitive HomeKit data, Apple demands that HomeKit vendors use strong 3,072-bit encryption keys and the secure Curve25519 protocol. The requirement gave vendors lots of headache and has slowed HomeKit rollout because the current Bluetooth chips are just not fast enough to handle encryption this strong.

When iOS 9 releases for public consumption this fall, HomeKit will gain support for new types of smart sensors like windows shades, carbon monoxide sensors, motion sensors and dedicated security systems.

In addition, iOS 9 should bring a new ‘Home’ app for controlling HomeKit smart devices from your iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Apple has also published a handy list of supported Siri voice commands for controlling HomeKit appliances with your voice.

As a bonus, owners of the Apple TV will be able to control their HomeKit devices remotely with the set-top box acting as a dedicated HomeKit hub. Those that don’t own an Apple TV will have to buy a dedicated HomeKit hub such as the $150 Insteon Hub.

Top photo: the Ecobee3 HomeKit thermostat.

Source: HomeKitCompatibleDevices.com via Reddit.

  • Its fantastic controlling my Hue lightbulbs from wheverver I am; but I still can’t yet ask SIRI to do it…. I guess we are still in the dark ages

    • Greg Warren

      Pretty sure that is coming in iOS 9

  • Great list. It’s unfortunate Apple doesn’t have a similar list that is regularly updated.

  • Brandon Higgins

    I can’t wait until most appliances are manufactured with smart control. If you’ve been watching extant they demonstrate how smart I’d like my home. So far I’ve got the hue bulbs, Xbox/av control, and waiting for my sesame door lock. A year from now I’d like to get the evadrop smart shower head.