While it looks as though there is a collective effort going on by various quarters to make everything else around us “smart” (such as smart homes), the reality is, it is not going to be that simple as there are many other issues that need to be taken into consideration – among them being the cost and how well received the idea or device would be with the masses. The iHome HomeKit-enabled iSP5 SmartPlug is now available for pre-order for $39.99 a pop, and it is tipped to begin arriving at various retail destinations some time later this month, as well as throughout July if you would like to play it safe.
Just what does the HomeKit-enabled iHome iSP5 SmartPlug do if you happen to settle for at least one of these puppies? Well, for starters, consumers will be able to make use of Siri or the iHome Control app in order to control a slew of other compatible home devices and appliances, where among them include (but are not limited to) lamps, fans and various home devices regardless of where your physical location is, using your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.
Not only that, users also have the opportunity to group a handful of iHome SmartPlugs into individual “scenes”, so that they can control multiple connected devices within a home. In addition, the iHome Control app would also pave the way for the creation of custom scenes so that one can control multiple SmartPlugs with a single command, as well as to create schedules for complete home automation.
Thanks to the sleek design of the iHome iSP5 SmartPlug, it is more than capable of fitting into a standard wall socket and it will not block the other outlet. With a slim design, it enables one plug to be free, while the installation of a pair of SmartPlugs in a single standard wall socket is also possible. The iHome iSP5 SmartPlug would require a Wi-Fi connection while the HomeKit requires an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch running iOS 8.1 or later.