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The Home Hub: An Essential Device for HomeKit-enabled Accessories Equipped with Bluetooth

The Home Hub: An Essential Device for HomeKit-enabled Accessories Equipped with Bluetooth

Without a fourth-generation Apple TV (or Apple TV 4K, or iPad in Home Hub mode), the connected home is incomplete. Only a home hub can provide secure remote access and ensure that rules and timers function while one is away from home. For users of Bluetooth-based devices, such as those belonging to the Eve family, a home hub offers additional advantages.

Massive HomeKit improvements in iOS 11 include faster switching and much more powerful automation

Massive HomeKit improvements in iOS 11 include faster switching and much more powerful automation

You can tell from the numerous improvements iOS 11 brings to HomeKit that the standard has evolved into a core component of Apple’s smartphone operating system. Bluetooth-based accessories respond much quicker to user commands, and automation becomes much more powerful through presence detection and refined options for timers and conditions. Let’s take a look at the most significant changes.

IFA 2017: Elgato showcases five new HomeKit accessories

IFA 2017: Elgato showcases five new HomeKit accessories

Elgato is expanding its Eve product family of HomeKit enabled accessories by showcasing Eve Lock, Eve Window Guard, Eve Smoke und Eve Aqua at IFA Berlin 2017. What’s more, Elgato introduces its second generation of Eve Thermo, a HomeKit enabled thermostatic radiator valve. For the door lock Eve Lock, the contact sensor Eve Window Guard and the fire alarm Eve Smoke, Elgato partners with leading suppliers to combine HomeKit’s superior security mechanisms with state of the art locking and smoke detection technology.

Beat the heat with Eve

Beat the heat with Eve

The greenhouse effect is well known to anyone who has entered his or her greenhouse (or car for that matter) amidst a blazing sun: interiors heat up considerably more than their exterior surroundings. The reason being that the energy of the sun’s rays heats the soil and plants within the greenhouse – plus the structure of the greenhouse itself – but fails to escape due to the heat-retaining design of the greenhouse. In this tutorial, we’ll show you exactly how to automatically cool a greenhouse with Eve Degree and a fan connected to Eve Energy.

Automate your humidifier

Automate your humidifier

A healthy indoor climate is one in which temperature and humidity levels are conducive to ensuring your comfort and, more importantly, your wellbeing. Maintaining a healthy temperature in a room is easily achieved by setting a thermostat to anywhere between 18 and 22 degrees. By contrast, ensuring healthy humidity levels traditionally entails constant monitoring, activation, and deactivation of a humidifier. Fortunately, with the help of Eve Degree and Eve Energy, an inexpensive humidifier ($30) can easily be automated to regulate humidity levels without your constant attention. In this tutorial, we’ll show you exactly how to set it up.

Elgato Eve 2.9: Graphs in a new look, new features

Elgato Eve 2.9: Graphs in a new look, new features

Update: What’s New in Version 2.9.2
This version of Eve offers the option to toggle line smoothing when viewing graphs (in detailed view). Eve 2.9.2 offers interface optimizations for your shiny new 10.5-inch iPad Pro and overall improvements.
Eve 2.9 presents stunning new views of your accessories’ data. Completely redesigned graphs convey more information about temperature, humidity and air quality; while a newly-revised display of motion detection (Eve Motion) and door/window states (Eve Door & Window) offers a glanceable overview of activity in your home. What’s more, an all-new accessory header puts accessory settings at your fingertips

Hey Siri, what’s new?

Hey Siri, what’s new?

It is only since iOS 10 that Apple offers the Home app as an interface for HomeKit-enabled accessories – an alternative to apps developed by other manufacturers, including Elgato’s Eve app. Another interface to HomeKit is Siri, a simple and interactive tool that enables you to control your connected home with voice commands via your iPhone, iPad, fourth-generation Apple TV, and Apple Watch.
Using the Eve app, you have access to all Apple-supported HomeKit data such as temperature, humidity, and on/off status, as well as additional information not available via Siri — air pressure, recent energy usage, historical data, and more.

The Home App

The Home App

iOS 10 features the Home app, which grants you quick access to your HomeKit-enabled accessories via the Control Center on your iOS device. HomeKit is deeply integrated into iOS, and offers additional stability and features that benefit the Eve app and Elgato HomeKit-enabled accessories. While the Elgato Eve app permits complete control of Eve accessories, the Apple Home app offers exclusive functions that cannot be replicated by other HomeKit-enabled apps, including Eve.

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