Meet Us at WWDC 2016!

The Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) is a weeklong event that begins on Monday, June 13 in San Francisco. This huge event is a showcase for all things new and exciting happening in the Apple world. The Grid Connect/ConnectSense development team will be in attendance to learn about any new Apple developments. They will be provided with the opportunity to collaborate with Apple in order to gain any technical information needed to create apps that are integrated with the innovative Apple software.

WWDC launches with a keynote speaker that will present the future of iOS, OS X, watchOS, and tvOS. This event will provide the Grid Connect development team with information regarding any new software. The development team will also have access to a variety of collaborative sessions, consultations with Apple experts, and labs to work on app development. These experiences will allow the ConnectSense team to learn how to implement new Apple technologies successfully as well as learn what other developers are doing. This will allow for Grid Connect to create more quality products in the future. There will also be guest speakers throughout the week that will provide insight into the industry. The event will close with a social event and concert with music provided by the popular group Bash.

Find the official WWDC website at https://developer.apple.com/wwdc/live/

Grid Connect ConnectSense Smart Outlet Review

I get a kick out of saying "good morning" to my iPhone, and watching my HomeKit lights, locks and fans respond simultaneously according to my wishes. The $80 Grid Connect ConnectSense Smart Outlet plays along with the Siri-controlled smart home software baked into iOS 8 and iOS 9. Stick the device into one of your outlets, use the intuitive app to connect the plug to your home's Wi-Fi -- it walks you through every step of the 2-minute process -- and then you can plug any two dumb devices you'd like to smarten into the outlets.

Read more at CNET.

Every single home appliance that works with Apple HomeKit

Announced alongside iOS 8 at last year's Worldwide Developer Conference, Apple's HomeKit software aims to put its own spin on home automation. Using HomeKit as a framework, developers can link up iOS products to communicate with home appliances, such as thermostats, light bulbs and garage openers. 

While the initial framework of HomeKit was unveiled alongside the release of iOS in September 2014, manufacturers have been waiting to bring out HomeKit-enabled products to consumers over the course of this spring. 

Not sure what home appliances will be compatible with your iPhone, iPad or, one day, the Apple Watch? Fear not, as we've rounded up a list of upcoming (and a few already-released) products expected - or are already confirmed - to bring Apple connectivity to a home near you.

See the full list of Apple HomeKit-enabled products at TechRadar.

The unlikely twins: HomeKit vs. Brillo, similar features, different personalities

The battle for technological dominance between Apple and Google is no news. Both companies offer products and services in the same market with similar features. Inevitably, their supporters turn out to be more like sports fans rallying in the Moscone Center for their favorite team. Much of the feud between the Apple and Google surrounds interconnection and network technology: pay programs, “wallet” applications, proactive assistants, and, most interestingly, their own API platforms for the Internet of Things (HomeKit and Brillo, respectively).

Not surprisingly, much like iOS and Android, HomeKit and Brillo initially appear to have a lot in common but despite all the similarities, there are some major differences.

Read more at Embedded Computing Design or download the PDF now.

You’ll be able to turn GE’s new LEDs on and off with Siri

Apple’s take on home automation, HomeKit, understandably generated a lot of buzz when it was unveiled last year at last year’s WWDC. HomeKit promises to be an integrated, easy-to-manage solution for iOS users with networked devices — but the wait for approved products has been unexpectedly long. The delay was apparently thanks to a thorough certification process, but it seems the first wave of approved hardware is finally beginning to emerge. In early May, GE took the wraps off new color-changing LED smart bulbs compatible with HomeKit.

Apple’s managed to rally an impressive number of companies behind HomeKit — ConnectSense and Schlage come to mind.

Read more at Digital Trends.