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  • Apple HomeKit is a MUST for seven hugs remote.

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  • Seven hugs needs to think beyond the single room approach and make a whole house remote. If you don’t intergrate with HomeKit, the iPhone or iPad will always be the superior remote. 

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    • Graham Gieseker couldn’t agree more with that mate, they need to push this out! 

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    • Matthew Sinclair  Graham Gieseker Thank you for sharing. If you could please share a bit more about how you would envision Apple Home Kit working with Smart Remote that would be wonderful. We want to make sure the experience is something all of our consumers can use.  

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    • Frank Thankyou for the community engagement.

      For me I use HomeKit not only for my living room, but throughout the whole house, to better understand this and how smart remote would benefit from this I’ll list some uses of mine (via HomeKit) below:

       

      -smart plugs to to control my coffee machine.

      -one of my main uses of HomeKit is my smart plugs, now as I had commented and you have replied to me on the elgato eve smart plugs post, integrating just those devices (elgato eve plugs) may be good, however HomeKit works with those devices. So instead of coding for just the elgato eve plugs now, if you enable HomeKit you will open the doors to elgato and so many more HomeKit compatible products that may not be currently compatible with Sevenhugs remote, kinda like 2 birds with one stone right?

      I also use HomeKit to advise me of the temperatures in each room of my house from small sensors. If Sevenhugs remote had HomeKit, it could have the “current room temperature” on the top of the screen of the remote depending on any room I was in (once multi room becomes available) and that would tell me to adjust my heating.

      theres many more things I can add if you want for potential ideas the remote will enable connecting Homkit that I can share if you want, but as the quick rundown that’s a good wrap up. 

       

      I currenly see Sevenhugs smart remote already greatly benefiting me with the current compatibility devices (hue, Apple TV, Heat controls, PS4, Sonos etc) however the addition to HomeKit will just open the doors to much much more than just living room items thus really enabling it to be the “Everything in one Remote”

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    • Matthew Sinclair Thanks for sharing that great amount of detail. We definitely want to get Apple Home Kit soon and we also hope to be able to begin providing dates of these integrations as we get into focusing more and more on these. Feedback and scenario-based ideas help us understand your world and how we can make it easier. 

      I do, however, want to clarify one other item you mentioned. You shared that were excited about us supporting your PS4. PS3 and PS4 do not currently offer an open API. We're investigating ways to support them. The only way to currently control these items is via the Flirc USB infrared accessory. 

      Let me know if I can give you any additional help or answer any more questions.  

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    • Frank no problem, and thank you. I would like to take this moment to say I would love to be apart of the Pilot Testers, 

       

      as I have over 100 smart home devices (30 smart plugs, 25 lights, Sonos in 5 rooms, 2 TV’s with full surround, smart Wifi Robot vacuum (IR compatible) and many more, I’d love to suggest id be super happy to participate and would provide great detail reports on bugs etc, I also have a Twitter with 30,000+ followers I’d love to share my experience with if you’d allow should I participate.

       

      Otherwise ill hold out for full the dispatch. 

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  • Hmmm, Mr. Sinclair’s posts got me thinking....with an increased range on the room sensors, could these not be place on the perminter on the home envelope, rather than within a single room? I would like to point the remote at a room and see all the devices for that room come up. Not just a single device at a time. For instance, at my front door, I have a Schlage Sense lock, 3 Lutron Caseta switches and a Ring Doorbell. In my office I have a Sonos speaker, 2 more Lutron switches and an iDevices plug. In my master bedroom I have a Sony TV, Apple TV, 3 more Lutron switches and lamp controler, plus an Ecobee 3. These all border my living room where I have a Sony TV, Apple TV, DirecTv receiver, Sony Blu-ray, Pioneer Receiver, 6 more Lutron devices and a HomePod.  Making the location correlation more room based would go a long way towards home wide expansion.  It is worth mentioning my 80+ smart devices are all HomeKit compatible with the exception of the Ring and an Amazon Echo, that is where IFTTT could be of use. I see HomeKit as key to unlocking the SevenHugs ability to intergrate since it is organized by room and those would be easy to locate with additional longer range transmitters. Have you explored using mesh network WiFi like eero or Linksys to pinpoint location of devices? They already kind of do just that for beam forming.

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  • Is a Must....

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  • I have an amazing thought (I think I have :) ) for a feature with the smart remote and Homekit. The smart remote is amazing to control even devices that are not Home Kit compatible, for instance - TV, Projector, Satellite box, setup boxes, Xbox. Is there a way, (when you make the remote home kit compatible) for an apple device to control the TV (say - turn off TV) using the smart remote, provided the smart remote is in the same room?

    For Example : I tell me Apple device (iPhone or HomePod) to turn off TV, and it relays that information to the smart remote and the smart remote send the signal to the TV.

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      • Bolu OSevenhugs
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      • Moboluwaji_Okupe
      • 6 mths ago
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      Ash Great suggestion ! To clarify, you are suggesting to be able to use a third party device (such as an Iphone/Pad or even homePod) to secondarily control the Smart Remote as long as they are in the same vicinity and connected to the same network, correct? 

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      • Ash
      • Ash.1
      • 6 mths ago
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      Bolu O Yup thats right! 

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      • Ash
      • Ash.1
      • 6 mths ago
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       Bolu O This is assuming that the smart remote is HomeKit enabled which means it is discoverable to apple and thereby allowing apple to send request to the smart remote to control the devices on it. 

      This would be a neat feature - "Hey Siri, Turn on a 'TV Scene'"  or "Hey Siri - Turn Off TV"

      How can I make myself more lazy :)

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      • Bolu OSevenhugs
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      • Moboluwaji_Okupe
      • 6 mths ago
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      Ash Great suggestion Ash, could be very useful indeed, will make sure the dev team looks into this.

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  • Would be lovely to control devices in Apple Home Kit via the remote.  This would expand the number of devices controlled dramatically.

    In particular, I use the Philips Hue lights for the whole house, while the HomeKit Support and Scenes are rock solid, the Seven Hugs scenes struggle with the number of lights, often turning them off and on and taking many seconds to stabilize.   Being able to leverage the already created scenes in HomeKit would resolve this (in addition to opening up options like pointing at my smart front door lock from Schlage which supports home kit, and having it lock or unlock.

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      • Bolu OSevenhugs
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      • Moboluwaji_Okupe
      • 5 mths ago
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      Michael Paolini Apple Homekit is definitely on our radar for a Q1 integration and has in-fact already been started so please stay tuned as we hope for a timely release very soon.

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  • Any news about it?

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    • Gael GRIFFON our team is currently working on it, the integration with Homekit also has to be  certified by Apple, this takes some time, we'll get back to you as soon as we have a more precise date to share!

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