PIXIE Plus works with many voice assistants including Apple’s SIRI shortcuts and Apple Watch.
Exact details of how this will be deployed with PIXIE are still to be finalised, but likely it will be deployed, at least initially, by use of the PIXIE Gen3 Gateway SGW3/BTAM
Depending on development timing this may be available in 2023 for deployment, however more information will follow.
This support article may also be useful for Apple device users:
With the recent announcement of both Matter and Apple Homekit development being underway, its important for Apple users to understand the implications of using Homekit with PIXIE.
There are 3 main areas of interest:
- 1. Say goodbye to PIXIE cloud services
- 2. Apple is in charge, but Matter may help
- 3. Device Type recognition and control unknowns
Below is a very brief summary of some of the challenges – these will be updated as we learn more through the process and this information represents.
Say Goodbye to PIXIE Cloud Services #
Once Apple Homekit is in play, the PIXIE PLUS Cloud no longer is. The exact consequences of this are TBC at this time, but PIXE will have less responsibility/ visibility and home owners instead place their trust for reliable system operation in the Homekit ecosystem.
This may mean, that you can ONLY use Apple Homekit and not have several voice assistant solutions such as Google Home and Amazon Alexa.
More clarity to follow.
Of course PIXIE master devices in the home and use of PIXIE multifunction controllers for multiway control and scene control capabilities, are unaffected by Apple HomeKit integration and depend on their own Bluetooth mesh for robust in home device to device communication and operation.
If HomeKit, internet etc. fails these PIXIE system devices continue to operate unhindered.
Apple is in Charge #
Home owners make a choice to live inside the Apple ecosystem and all that entails.
Beyond the PIXIE hardware being robust and operational, our capabilities to assist with tech issues that occur from time to time may be limited.
This may introduce complexities – which we are seeking to understand and “smooth” – to provide our legendary level of support unhindered.
This may make tech support of non-hardware issues more difficult for our support teams and contractors.
And this is where the development of Matter may assist.
Of course PIXIE PLUS already currently provides all of this multi-platform control functionality (including SIRI shortcuts) – that is, to be able to use any and all of the compatible voice assistants and third party cloud services (SONOS API, IFTTT, Samsung SmartThings)
“Matter introduces the concept of Controllers. You can have a single Controller or multiple ones. A Single Controller could be HomeKit. Multiples could be HomeKit and the vendors native App, or HomeKit, the vendors native app and Alexa, if you were so inclined.”
Device Type Recognition #
There are standard device types known by both Apple Homekit and Matter – and these are added and edited constantly by these platforms.
Whether or not all PIXIE device types are currently supported or will be in the future, is TBD.
Rather than being led by device-type-compatibility with 3rd party systems, we like to listen to the market and deliver what it needs. This may bias our future hardware development … or not.
This 3rd party Youtube Video may also shed some light about Matter and Homekit
We are constantly updating PIXIE, with new voice assistants and cloud services coming online every year.
For example, we started with only Google Home and Amazon Alexa services many years ago, and now have many more options for homeowners as listed below.
Demand from customers for HomeKit has increased significantly during 2022/23 and we can now make a more informed commercial decision.
Be aware, we continue to ask the market and will respond to market demands, as we have with the other service listed below.
PIXIE Also works with these officially registered smart home integrations and voice assistants
- – Amazon Alexa
- – Google Home
- – Samsung SmartThings
- – IFTTT
- – Apple Watch
- – Sonos
We know this is a “Chicken or Egg?” situation, and you can have your say and place your vote by pressing send on the form below to let us know that you would like PIXIE and Apple Homekit to work together.
Your feedback is very important and helps us develop a roadmap for new features.