Perfect HomeKit gifts for the holidays!

HomeKit brings the power, security, and ease-of-use of your iPhone into your home, just in time for the holidays!

HomeKit is Apple's home automation hub and it lets you control any compatible lights, plugs, thermostats, sensors, alarms, locks, and other connected devices with a tap of your iPhone or—thanks to Siri—the sound of your voice. Better still, it does so in a way that ensures privacy and security for your network and your home. More and more HomeKit accessories are coming out all the time, but if you're shopping for the holidays this season, here are the ones you can get right now!

See the full list on iMore.

IoT Design Considerations: Cost

Connecting products to the Internet of Things (IoT) is essential to manufacturers looking to stay competitive within their industry. Adding IoT capabilities allows the manufacturer to stay connected with their customer, while discovering new product uses and applications that open them up to new revenue streams. However, these added benefits come with a cost. Connected devices come with a higher manufacturing overhead, but may also be sold with a bigger price tag.

Wi-Fi and Ethernet connections can be added to products for less than $10 in bill of materials costs. Other technologies, such as ZigBee, Z-Wave and Bluetooth, can be added for a lower price, but may require a separate bridge to connect to the Internet and access Cloud services.

To download the complete Internet of Things Design Considerations White Paper, click here.

In case you missed it...

Yesterday Adam Justice appeared as a guest on the Peggy Smedley Show  to chat about the future of IoT. He talked about his philosophy of connected devices as well as interoperability as it relates to platforms like Apple HomeKit. In case you missed it, the interview was recorded so you can listen to it here:

Why Devices Need Animal Instincts Provided by the IoT

Many of you probably have smart phones in your pocket or possibly smart thermostats at home, but for the most part, objects in our lives today are unintelligent and not connected.

Out in nature, animals use their senses to survive. They are looking for movement, listening for predators and using their sense of smell to track prey. All of these are instincts animals and humans have deep in our brains. The problem with computers is that they rely heavily on humans for the information around them.

So how do you give a computer a brain? Or how about natural, animalistic instincts?

At its core, the Internet of Things (IoT) is about using sensors and networking technology to connect computers and give them similar kinds of animal "instincts." Then, like those animals and humans, computers can understand the context of the world around them. Understanding that information around them and allows the computers to react appropriately, whether is is by alerting their user of a problem, lowering the temperature when a room gets too hot, or starting the coffee maker when your alarm goes off in the morning.

Computers understanding what is going on around them, lessens their dependence on humans and allows for much more intelligent and exciting devices.

Join Us at Internet of Things North America 2015!

When: April 15-16, 2015
Where: Chicago, IL
Booth #: 102
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Internet of Things North America is an innovative event covering advanced connectivity and cloud based monitoring/controlof devices, facilities, automobiles and enterprise operations. After a successful 2014 event in Milwaukee, the 2015 will be held in Chicago on April 15-16.

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Session Title: 10 Things to Consider When Developing IoT Devices
When: April 15, 1:30pm

The Internet of Things (IoT) was named the most hyped technology of 2014 by Gartner, and designers are responding by feverishly working to add connectivity to products in all industries, especially in the connect home, medical devices, industrial automation and transportation. Connected products require a new approach to design. This session will dive into the 10 things designers need to consider when developing IoT devices.

Speaker: Adam Justice, VP and General Manager of Grid Connect