We’ve seen the light! Philips and Nanoleaf demon­strate the po­ten­tial of HomeKit and Siri

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The smart bulbs from Philips and Nanoleaf are the only ones that cur­rently sup­port Ap­ple’s HomeKit tech­nol­ogy in iOS. HomeKit is still a work in progress, but one of its key fea­tures is the abil­ity to con­trol your de­vices us­ing Siri voice com­mands.

If you’re at home and your iPhone or iPad is on the same Wi-Fi net­work as your smart light­ing, you can ask Siri to “Turn off the lounge lights”, or say to your iPhone 6s with­out even touch­ing it: “Hey Siri, dim the bed­room to 50%”. It’s a par­tic­u­lar kind of geeky cool when you get it to work for the first time.

You can even use Siri com­mands on your iPhone when you’re away from home – al­though a third- or fourth-gen­er­a­tion Ap­ple TV is needed. When your iPhone and Ap­ple TV are both signed in to your iCloud ac­count, you can use Siri to con­trol your lights us­ing a mo­bile in­ter­net con­nec­tion or a Wi-Fi hotspot. The Os­ram and LIFX lights also pro­vide re­mote con­trol over the in­ter­net in their apps, but not with Siri be­cause they don’t yet work

with HomeKit.

Giv­ing voice com­mands to HomeKit ac­ces­sories over the in­ter­net re­quires an iCloud ac­count and at least a third-gen­er­a­tion Ap­ple TV.

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