The other day we heard that that Apple will launch a new Apple home automation platform at WWDC 2014, and now according to a recent report, Apple will use a centralized home controller for home automation.
According to a recent report by Patently Apple, this centralize home controller may be integrated into one device or distributed over multiple devices.
Apple’s present invention relates to networking residential consumer electronics devices and in particular to providing integrated establishment and control of communication sessions with and between these consumer electronics devices.
Apple’s invention provides a centralized home controller that is used to coordinate a plurality of associated packet communication clients. The home controller provides a centralized and unified control and messaging system for the various packet communication clients.
So far we have heard that Apple will launch a new ‘Apple certified’ program for devices that will work with their home automation platform, this will allow third party devices to work with the platform and will come with a similar certification from Apple like ‘made for iPod’.
As yet we do not know exactly how this new home automation platform will work, although previous patent filings revealed that the platform could use things like your iPhone and iPad, or possibly even the new Apple iWatch to track your location.
The software would then be able to predict when you are on your way home, and then implement whatever home automation tasks you have set up for your arrival at home.
For example, the system would be able to tell when you are headed home from work, and could switch on things like lights around your home and also your heating system.
We should have more information on this new Apple Home Automation platform next week, Apple are holding the World Wide Developer Conference Keynote next Monday, and we are expecting the platform and any supporting hardware to be announced then. If you are thinking of setting up a home automation system you might be interested in our Home Automation Hubs and Systems Guide.
Source Patently Apple
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