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Elgato Unveils 'Eve' HomeKit Supported Smart Home Sensors, Hub-Less Smart Bulb

Elgato has announced its brand-new line of "Eve" connected home sensors at this year's IFA 2014 trade show in Berlin, featuring full integration with Apple's HomeKit home automation platform once iOS 8 launches.

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Elgato's line of "Eve" smart home sensors

The Eve brand features Bluetooth accessories that monitor air quality, smoke, humidity, air pressure, energy, and water consumption, with all information syncing back to an iOS app. From the app, users can see an overview of the different aspects in their home along with suggestions and tips to better improve the environment.

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Elgato's $50 "Avea" smart lightbulb

The company also announced its own $50 Avea smart lightbulb, which allows for custom profiles, colors and alarms through an iOS app. Notably, the Avea does not require a hub like the Philips line of Hue smart bulbs, and can utilize multiple bulbs to coordinate lighting patterns.

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Elgato's iOS app for its line of "Eve" smart home sensors

Elgato's Eve line of products are among the first to publicly support HomeKit, which was first announced at WWDC this past June. The platform allows home automation devices and their apps to work with Apple's first-party services like Siri and stock iOS apps using a single, secure protocol. A report from earlier this year claimed that Apple was developing its own smart home products to work with HomeKit for a release in the near future. Apple may also look to feature HomeKit integration in its highly-rumored iWatch wearable device, which is said to "make good use" of HomeKit.

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2 weeks ago
Finally! I can monitor the air pressure in my living room!
Rating: 16 Votes
2 weeks ago
So the lightbulb doesn't use a HUB.

Im away and I'm using timers and remoting in from my iPhone. The wifi in my house goes down.

How do my lights continue to work?



with phillips HUE the timers are in the hub so even if I can't remote in via iPhone or my wifi or internet goes down it still looks like I'm home. My home is protected. HUE continues to work.
Rating: 4 Votes
2 weeks ago
I think these are all solutions looking for a problem.

Except in the case of, at distance, being able to check air quality in the toilet room.
Rating: 4 Votes
2 weeks ago
Looking at their website the bulb looks like a poor mans HUE. It seems set up to fail if their is no internet connection. That is if it actually works away from home? being able to switch lights on/off and/or use timers is an amazing feature of HUE

plus does the above bulb in the article use geo fencing? it really looks a rip off at £39 a bulb for very limited functionality.

The video clip on their site is a 7 second clip of a bulb fading up/down. Im not impressed at all. £40 quid a bulb . **** no way.
Rating: 3 Votes
2 weeks ago

I tough that the point of HomeKit were that we did not need all this extra apps?

The purpose of HomeKit:

HomeKit is a framework in iOS 8 for communicating with and controlling connected accessories in a user’s home. Apps can enable users to discover HomeKit accessories in their home and configure them, or you can create actions to control those devices. Users can group actions together and trigger them using Siri.

Source: https://developer.apple.com/homekit/

Rating: 3 Votes
2 weeks ago
ouch, $50 for a lightbulb :eek:
Rating: 3 Votes
2 weeks ago
YES! My 3 month old daughter is called Eve.
This may grant this range of products extra "wife approval points".

Or, more realistically only -4999 points rather than -5000.
Rating: 3 Votes
2 weeks ago

Looking at their website the bulb looks like a poor mans HUE.


You have a different idea of "poor" from me then - $50!!!!

:eek: :eek: :eek:
Rating: 3 Votes
2 weeks ago
No thank you.

This company has a terrible reputation. Such as selling Thunderbolt hard drives with ridiculously old hard drives inside.
Rating: 2 Votes
2 weeks ago

Can't wait for hackers to take control of every house. Appliances and lights randomly turning on and causing huge electricity bills, doors and windows opening at theft's will, alarms alerting the cops for nothing, smoke detectors bringing firemen to extinguish non existent fires... It's going to be fun.:D


Are you one of the people who said that internet commerce was going to clean out everyone's bank accounts?
Rating: 2 Votes

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