The Apple Watch, (a wearable device that does many things besides tell the time) from the folks who brought us the iPad, iPhone, and other “can’t-live-without” technology, has launched. The watch has a broad price point starting at $349 and going upwards of $12,000.
To date, the item isn’t widely available, but if you visit the iTunes store, you’ll see there are already many apps courtesy of companies that sell smart home solutions including Lutron, Honeywell, Alarm.com, Keevo, Control4, Creston Electronics, and Savant, to name a few. The Lutron app is featured in the most recently aired TV commercials for the Apple Watch.
Last September, Apple gave its annual keynote, where CEO Tim Cook introduced the Apple Watch. During his presentation, he mentioned the Watch Kit, which helps developers integrate their products with the Apple Watch. The WatchKit apps have two parts, according to Apple: an extension that runs on iPhone and a set of user interface resources that are installed on Apple Watch.
At the keynote, Cook gave three examples of home automation apps via the Apple Watch — Honeywell Lyric’s app that allows users to access the thermostat remotely and Lutron’s app for Caséta Wireless. Both apps can be downloaded for free, but it’s too soon to tell if Apple Watch users are using them, yet. Cook also mentioned at the keynote how Starwood Hotels & Resorts are making it possible to not only check into your room but open the door using an app for Apple Watch. Currently there are 123 Starwood hotels that support SPG Keyless.
With a list of potential uses such as the aforementioned, dealers can be sure that the security and home automation industry’s ideas for supporting a smart home with an Apple Watch will follow in the coming months. What does that mean? We’re going to see more apps from home tech developers that will allow the wearer to control their home’s thermostats, window shades, security panels, and probably more, with literally a “flick of the wrist” — assuming the right watch is on it.