Home App is where the control is

My Home.  The Home app was the starting point to the journey into home automation.  A couple of days in February 2018 where I started to think about how I wanted to start it, but was clueless on how to start.  All I knew at that time that I needed to determine what platform I was going to use.

       

As an iOS user, the decision was simple.  However, I realized that the information on the internet on this wasn’t what I was looking for.  Yes, there was the countless YouTube videos online that gave some advice. Articles on CNET, Engadget, 9to5 Mac, etc on HomeKit, and the accessories available, but what do I want to start with, that was the main question.

Opening up the Home app was easy, but as soon as I clicked Add Accessory, and went through the list of HomeKit products that’s available there I realize that they don’t ship to Malaysia.  But of course there’s alternatives available, albeit with additional cost (shipping and GST).

The most crucial part of HomeKit is the Automation part.  I need to be able to not only control the accessories with Siri, but also wanted to control them automatically.  Switch on specific lights during certain times, and also secure my home with locks and motion detectors.

So, I decided to start with the HomePod.  Weird decision I admit, but I’ll explain more in the next article on the HomePod, and how it’s used.  Frankly, I think it was the right decision.