1. Team AXIS's Avatar
    Hey everyone,

    We're launching a device that tackles bringing window shades into the connected and automated space without heavy modification or need to purchase new shades.

    We were curious what the community thought about this and how important a planned integration with HomeKit would be.

    You can find out a bit more about what our vision is for context here: igg.me/at/axis-gear
    11-04-2015 04:32 PM
  2. mavsguy842's Avatar
    Does the product connect with a hub now, or what do you need to control it from your smartphone? I think HomeKit support isn't integral, because the Lutron shades solution is pretty impressive, but if it can be controlled indirectly by being added to a HomeKit compatible hub that would be a good benefit at a lower price point.
    01-05-2016 12:11 PM
  3. Team AXIS's Avatar
    Bluetooth is used to communicate with the devices but you can also equip the devices with ZigBee/Thread or Z-Wave to integrate with a hub.

    There seems to be a lot of demand for HomeKit support but it is seriously such a PIA to make it happen!
    01-18-2016 12:34 PM
  4. mavsguy842's Avatar
    Bluetooth is used to communicate with the devices but you can also equip the devices with ZigBee/Thread or Z-Wave to integrate with a hub.

    There seems to be a lot of demand for HomeKit support but it is seriously such a PIA to make it happen!
    How is Apple supporting HomeKit development from the developer perspective? From the consumer perspective they're kind of letting it wither on the vine. They don't even include an app to integrate it all together, and there are known issues somehow related to iCloud that forces you to reset a hub to regain control of your accessories.

    Honestly an IFTTT channel is a lot more valuable than HomeKit integration at this point.
    01-18-2016 03:03 PM
  5. Team AXIS's Avatar
    They keep things pretty under wraps until your product is HomeKit-certified and that certification process is super timely and costly! It's weird because, as you said, it seems to be withering and there aren't may HomeKit devices but there is still so much demand.

    We definitely agree and IFTTT integration is something we are aggressively pursuing - the possibilities are just so much more enticing!
    01-21-2016 11:14 AM
  6. kilofoxtrot's Avatar
    I agree with Mav... HomeKit seems to be more of an afterthought with Apple. I have embraced Z-Wave/Zigbee. Tons of devices that I control thru my Smartthings Hub. Add a Voice controlled interface with the Amazon Echo... I am in automation nirvana.
    Team AXIS likes this.
    03-06-2016 08:14 AM

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