Apple TV could finally become the digital hub your home’s been awaiting. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac
Will the Apple TV become a hub for controlling your smart home in the near future? Signs are pointing to yes.
Apple is quietly testing HomeKit support for its TV set-top box with developers. The functionality can turn an Apple TV into an always-conntected bridge device for communicating between hardware peripherals that support Apple’s HomeKit framework.
It’s all about home automation here in 2014, and General Electric are taking full advantage. More than a century after General Electric founder Thomas Edison created his version of the light bulb, the company has introduced a new smart LED light bulb called Link.
What’s neat about Link light bulbs is that they can be remotely controlled by iPhone users from anywhere in the world, being Internet-connected and operated using the so-called Wink app which allows for the control of its settings and syncing with associated devices.
This mobile robotic printer, which started life as a Kickstarter project, is ripe for the Apple touch. Reader Theodor Sandaker says, "It goes against the whole paperless idea, but some of us still need to print things. An iPrinter would be awesome."
There are all sorts of Apple-integrated smart homes these days, but reader Golden Cindy goes one step further. She wants the "house" computer embedded in a countertop. This is from Swedish designer Ballingslov.
I've been known to strip labels from soap, shampoo etc., because the design annoys me - so I can really understand reader Christian Alvarez's chiming in on Facebook to suggest the Apple treatment for food packaging. Here's a nice take on the on the ho-hum olive oil bottle by Comeback Studio.
This is the MathPen, which has a 360° degree solar module to power all your crazy calcs. Reader Warren Galloway says,"How about a Solar Pen/Pencil that stores energy and uses low heat to write? Aka never running out of 'ink'?"
If ever a common item could use a makeover, it's the toothbrush. Here's the buy-one-give-one Bogobrush.
We showed you ours. Now it’s your turn. Here are the items big and small that Cult of Mac readers most want to see designed and produced by the mothership. We’ve got Apple solar pens, food packaging and yes, puppies — because even pets could use the Sir Jony treatment.
Remember those old “home of the future” TV episodes from the 1970s, which invariably ended up with something going wrong and an automated voice yelling warning messages?
Well, someone at Apple does too (hopefully minus the “something going wrong” part), since Apple’s latest patent — issued by the U.S. Patent Office — describes a wireless communication system able to predict when to turn on devices such as your lighting or air conditioning based on your current location as opposed to a pre-programmed routine.