With HomeKit accessories now on the way, the first to ship is Insteon’s Hub ($150). Hub and its accompanying app allow users to control all previous Insteon devices alongside new HomeKit-enabled devices from other manufacturers, eliminating the need to toss all of Insteon’s previous gear and start over to build a HomeKit-friendly home.
The app allows for grouping devices for convenient control and scheduling to turn single devices or groups on and off. Making Hub HomeKit-compatible also integrates Siri into the process, allowing for voice command of devices and groups.
Other companies are now plugging HomeKit products ahead of upcoming availability, including the SmartPlug from iHome, which we first saw at CES in January. iHome’s SmartPlug will be available for pre-order June 15.