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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.

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 2.8: New functions and improvements

Elgato Eve 2.8: New functions and improvements

With the all-new version of Eve, you’re able to specify the location of your home and other homes you have created, or a house in which you are a guest. Eve 2.8 will then automatically switch between your homes according to your proximity to them. Rules with location triggers will be assigned directly to the respective home upon their creation. Moreover, the process of setting up accessories with location-specific properties – such as air pressure (Eve Weather) or energy costs (Eve Energy) – is more streamlined. Eve 2.8 includes additional improvements and new features.

New: Elgato Eve 2.7

New: Elgato Eve 2.7

Update: What’s New in Version 2.7.1
This version of Eve addresses an issue that could lead to unexpected behavior when using older versions of iOS 10. It also still includes all of the new features and improvements of Eve 2.7: Personalize your At a Glance view: you can now rearrange your favorite accessories. Improved At a Glance interaction: dive into details via a long tap or using 3D Touch on supported devices. Personalize your Scenes: choose from a new selection of beautifully crafted icons, and opt to hide scenes that don’t require manual activation. Improved scene management: scenes you’ve created through a rule or timer are now easily identifiable and automatically tucked away. Improved data export: sharing history data from your accessory’s measurements view now conveniently generates an Excel file.

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