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Elgato launches trio of HomeKit compatible home automation devices

updated 08:01 am EDT, Tue September 2, 2014

Eve sensors for condition monitoring, Avea smartbulb, and Smart Power revealed

Video accessory maker Elgato will be showcasing a new line of app-powered accessory products at the IFA trade show. The new products, based on Apple's forthcoming HomeKit technology, will enable iPhone and iPad users to control and monitor the home, modify the lighting atmosphere, and recharge mobile devices when away from a plug. The line will go under the banner of Elgato Eve, and allows users the capability to monitor conditions in the home. Initial offerings include an intelligent LED bulb, a Smart Power device, and various Eve sensors.

The soon-to-be-launched range of Bluetooth-based Eve sensors gathers data on air quality, temperature, humidity, air pressure, energy and water consumption in a home. The collected data is then configured and displayed in Elgato's Eve app. Using the combination, users can gain insights that can help improve the comfort of their home.

Avea is a smart LED bulb which can be controlled directly using iPhone or iPad through Bluetooth 4.0 Smart technology. A single tap on one of the many lighting scenes in the accompanying app tailors the ambience. Setting up Avea is as simple as screwing in the bulb, and starting the app. Avea can be controlled directly using iPhone without a bridge.

Also launched is the Smart Power peripheral. Using advanced self-monitoring capabilities and energy-efficient Bluetooth technology, the Elgato Smart Power app shows exactly how the battery reserve is holding up, and will alert users with push notifications to tell them the status of the charge, or remind users to take it along to make sure it is always ready to refill mobile devices.

Pricing and availability for the Eve product line will be announced soon. Avea costs $50, and is available now from the Elgato online shop and select resellers. The Elgato Smart Power battery is available for $100.

by MacNN Staff





  1. ElectroTech

    Junior Member

    Joined: 11-26-08

    It looks like another 'also ran' has entered the market. There is no real innovation here and I would guess that Walmart will be selling them in a few months on clearance. Home automation has to anticipate me and automatically set things up the way I would want including temperature, light, security, entertainment, access control and data system among other unthought of desires.

  1. Mike Wuerthele

    Managing Editor

    Joined: 07-19-12

    Elgato has catered to the Mac market for a while for video capture and transcoding. I do admit a certain curiosity why this is the avenue that they are taking.

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