Apple Watch Gadgets to Control Your Smart Home
The Apple Watch has become the most popular smart watch in the world. While primarily used for fitness training, the Apple Watch can also extend control of your smart home devices beyond smartphones. In this article, we’ll take a look at the best Apple Watch-supported smart home apps.
Smart lighting was one of the first types of smart home products to arrive on the market. Products from companies like Philips and LIFX are smart, since they’re controllable using a mobile device and a Wi-Fi connection. When you’re ready to control your lighting via Apple Watch, consider these apps:
With the official Philips Hue app (Free), you can add widgets to your Apple Watch and the Notification Center on iPhone. With these widgets, you can control rooms and scenes. The official LIFX app (Free) offers similar capabilities. In this case, however, you can also control individual lights. To get started, you need to set up your favorite rooms or lights via the app.
Have both Philips Hue and LIFX lights in your home? Consider the unifying OnSwitch for Philips Hue/LIFX app (Free with IAPs). With this app, you can quickly adjust individual and groups of bulbs simply by tapping on your Watch.
As a bonus, OnSwitch includes over 30 different theme packs, many tied to the time of year. For example, holiday-themed packs in the winter, and red, white, and blue selections around the Fourth of July. For now, these theme packs must first be activated on your iOS device, although you can turn them on and off using your Apple Watch.
With the Lutron Caséta Wireless app (Free), you can control more than just lighting from your wrist. There’s also shade and thermostat control. Better still, you can adjust your device whether you’re in your house or thousands of miles away.
Want even more? You can also set up notifications to remind you to turn off your lights when you leave home. You can also open and close your shades with ease. The Lutron Caséta Wireless app also works with Apple Siri.
Heating and Cooling
Whether to adjust the current temperature in your home or monitor it when you’re away, Apple Watch can now play a role in your heating and cooling system with these apps:
The official free app for the Honeywell Lyric smart thermostat (Free) gives you control wherever you are. Better still, when installed on your Apple Watch, the app knows whether you’re at home and adjusts the temperature accordingly.
For example, when you leave home, the app will automatically lower the temperature or cool down your home appliances. When you return, it will increase the temperature with ease.
Ecobee is one of the leaders is smart thermostat technology. With the Ecobee app (Free) for Apple Watch, you can check and manage ecobee Smart, Smart Si, and ecobee3 thermostats from your wrist.
These include adjusting your home’s indoor temperature, humidity level, system status, system mode, and fan run time.
The official Nest app (Free) for Apple Watch allows you to check the thermostat temperature with one upward swipe using Apple’s Glances feature. By pressing on the Watch’s face, you can adjust the temperature up and down.
You can also set the thermostat to “Away” when you leave, or “Home” as you approach. You control these settings using preset levels on your iPhone.
The third-party QuickControl for Nest app ($3.99) works similarly to the official app. However, with QuickControl you can also add complications.
By doing so, you can see the current temperature directly on your watch face. You can also access the app on the Watch by just tapping on the complication.
Do you find yourself leaving your home without locking the doors? Do you worry about break-ins? The following security-based apps for Apple Watch will help.
The Withings Home is one of the most popular security cameras on the market. With the Withings Home app (Free) on Apple Watch, you can experience live streaming, motion/noise alerts with thumbnails, and start a lullaby from your wrist. You can also view your journal to see past events.
With an Alarm.com-enabled security system, you can monitor and control your home or business in real-time on your iPhone/iPod touch, iPad, or your Apple Watch. Use Glances on your Apple Watch to see your home status, control your devices, or view live video.
The Drip for Dropcam app ($2.99) offers a new live image from Dropcam and Nest Cam cameras every three seconds on Apple Watch. You can also turn the cameras on and off from your wrist.
With Apple HomeKit compatibility, you can also use Siri to open/close your door using August. Apple Watch features include the ability to lock/unlock your doors from your wrist and see new alerts.
Other Things to Consider
There are three other Apple Watch solutions worth considering when it comes to smart home monitoring. The first two have to do with the popular Belkin WeMo Switches [Amazon US, CA], which turn old appliances into connected smart devices. It serves as a socket switch that connects to your home Wi-Fi network. From here, you can turn the plug on and off using your iOS device or Apple Watch.
Belkin WeMo Switches are devices that connect to your home Wi-Fi network. From here, you can turn the socket on and off using your iOS device or Apple Watch. To control your Belkin WeMo Switches, consider the WeTap! for Belkin WeMo app ($1.99) or QuickSwitch for Belkin WeMo app ($1.99). Both are simple to use and have an easy setup.
One of the most popular ways to control smart home appliances is through IFTTT. Called “If This Then That,” the free service allows everyday users to create chains of statements, called “recipes,” which are triggered based on changes to other Web services.
Using the free IFTTT app, you can activate these “recipes” using one-step solutions. Best of all, you can control many of the products already mentioned in this article on your Apple Watch. These include LIFX, Nest, WeMo, Philips Hue, and more.
Smartphones continue to be the easiest way to control smart home devices. However, much of what you can do on an iPhone is accomplished on Apple Watch too. Be sure to look for the Offers Apple Watch App for iPhone note on the App Store for compatible apps. You can also find these apps within the Watch app for iOS.
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