The first HomeKit hardware finally sees the light, but you can tell Siri to turn it off.
Lutron has released its Apple HomeKit-enabled Caséta Wireless Smart Bridge, making voice command a viable option for smart home devices. Homeowners can now control their dimmers and shades using Siri voice commands on their iPhone or iPad.
The Smart Bridge, which is part of the Caséta Wireless Lighting Starter Kit, is available for a mid-market friendly $230 retail. The kit includes one Caséta Wireless Smart Bridge, two Caséta Wireless dimmers, two remotes and two pedestals. It’s available at Apple Stores and Amazon.com.
There’s an interesting cross-integration element to this bridge. HomeKit enablement allows other developers to write apps to control Lutron lights and shades as well as integrate them with other devices.
Lutron has been riding Apple’s high horse on several devices, most recently enabling the Apple Watch as an interface with a new app. Lutron is the first automation company to release a device for HomeKit, but according to Apple it won’t be the last in June.