HomeKit gets some love in iOS 10. Apple introduces a dedicated app called Home, which lets you control and manage HomeKit accessories. HomeKit also supports new accessories like IP cameras and doorbells. My Home app also get a new version for iOS 10 to make it a good alternative to Apple’s Home app.
This is a short introduction to HomeKit accessories. More specifically, I will show how to develop your own HomeKit bridge and deploy it on a Raspberry Pi.
Over the last 10 months I steadily improved HomeControl and used it for my personal HomeKit accessories. I think now it’s time to make it available to others. I’m so happy to announce that HomeControl is available on Github. As an inspiration, you can take a look at the LIFX and UVR1611 HomeKit bridges.
It’s been a while since the last blog post and today I’m excited to show you what I’ve been working on lately. With the latest update, My Finances supports Apple Watch to view financial statistics on your wrist.
Apple provides a HomeKit framework in iOS 8, which makes it easy for iOS developers to integrate HomeKit accessories into their apps. Siri supports HomeKit out of the box which allows users to manage their accessories via voice commands like “Hey Siri, turn on the lights”.
I started the project out of necessity to manage the UVR1611 from an iPhone. The UVR1611 is widely used for heating space management here in Austria. A lot of private household use it to manage their heating unit and solar panels. The device is mounted in the basement and is wired to the heating units. It has a built-in LCD screen to visualize the data. Currently the best way to access the data remotely is to use a C.M.I and connect it to the CAN bus. The C.M.I. runs a local webserver, which is best viewed from a computer, to manage the UVR1611. But the website is not optimized for smartphones with small screen real estate.
There is a new version of My Finances specifically designed for iOS 8 and the new iPhones. We are excited to share with you the improvements we made to make the app ready for iOS 8.
A new update for My Finances just landed in the App Store, which brings a lot of new key features like multiple account support and enhanced statistics. Over the last weeks I have received a lot of great feedback. In this blog post I present you the brand new bar chart statistics, which were one of the most requested features.
Bringing My Finances to the iPad was just the beginning. Now it’s time to add new features. The new version 1.2 includes a lot of requested features like passcode protection, Smart Note Suggestion and currency settings. In this blog post I will briefly present passcode protection and Smart Note Suggestion.
I’m happy to announce that one month after the first release, My Finances is now available on iPad.
Did you ever ask yourself how much you spent for groceries last month? My Finances is a powerful utility on your iPhone to track your income and expenses. It lets you categorise your transactions and provides weekly, monthly and yearly statistics about your transactions. Beautiful line and bar charts make analyzing your income and expenses fun. The app is designed to be easy to use on the go and gets out of your way quickly.