Apple HomeKit Automation Gear Sees Slow Ramp

The first products to take advantage of Apple’s home automation technology won’t likely reach stores until this spring.

That’s nearly a year after Apple announced HomeKit, the software that allows consumers to use their iPhones like remote controls to activate various automated appliances, during its keynote last June at the Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco. Hardly happy news for the instant-gratification crowd, intent on creating their very own versions of the Jetsons home.

Some HomeKit devices are trickling out.

Adam Justice of GridConnect traveled to the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to show off a product called the ConnectSense Smart Outlet, an Internet-connected electrical socket that turns ordinary household appliances, like lamps, into devices that can be controlled using Siri on the iPhone or iPad.

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