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  • #5137
    ISZach
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    Can’t you just tell us what the holdup is? I bought this controller to use with HomeKit – 3 months ago – and still nothing.

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    #5295
    [email protected]
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    … It is really really really really really really close to being done … super duper close

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    #5305
    jer78
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    I don’t believe any HomeKit hype anymore. Anyone hoping for HomeKit doorbells since 2016 feels the sting of this news

    https://www.gearbrain.com/apple-homekit-smart-doorbell-compatibility-2588082490.html

    You can’t convince me Apple is not at the heart of all these delays. Alexa and Google don’t seem to have these issues.

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    #5308
    caalvarez
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    You can’t convince me that Apple is at the heart of any delays, since it’s in their best interest to have more devices out there, and they have been fast to approve so many. One of the doorbell problems is that the maker, Ring, is scum that wants to own the customer’s info so they can market more crap to them. Homekit keeps the user’s privacy and security. Amazon and Google do not.

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    #5311
    jer78
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    Believe what you want. I’m hoping for Homekit support as much as anyone but I think you’ve got things backwards about Ring. It’s Apple that wants to own Ring’s customer data not the other way around. Also your theory won’t explain why Apple decided to remove all mention of doorbells and August to cancel their plans as well. Why would August want to leave Apple because Ring wants to get Apple’s customer data?? That absolutely makes zero sense. This problem of announcement and product delay happens with all sorts of Homekit products from Day 1. Bottom line, Apple is the issue.

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    #5312
    alexmack
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    LOL jer78.

    To think that Amazon wasn’t involved in what went down with ring seems quite naïve.

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    #5314
    caalvarez
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    Apple already has all of the info they could want on Homekit users. But when you add a Homekit device, the vendor of that device DOES NOT get your info, like they do with the other services (Alexa, Google). Apple already has the customer relationship. Amazon, which owns Ring, doesn’t exactly want that.

    But back to the topic, do you really think someone at Apple is trying to limit our ability to water our gardens?

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    #5315
    walstib373
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    I have no problem believing Apple is at least partly responsible for delays. But the device makers don’t help customers by refusing to reveal what the problem is.

    Sure, device makers probably have a non-disclosure agreement with Apple. But anouncing HomeKit support before actually having it leaves device makers open to charges of dishonesty and incompetency, angering customers like us.

    Orbit hasn’t helped themselves by stringing customers along with continual promises that HomeKit is coming soon, it’s almost here, just around the corner, soon, really soon. You can’t blame Apple for that.

    As for doorbells, thanks for posting that link. I, too, have been waiting for a HomeKit doorbell. I have never been impressed with Ring’s unit. It’s a big, ugly, hunk of plastic with a RING logo. I would prefer something classier made out of higher quality materials to greet visitors at my home. I had hopes August’s unit might fill that need.

    No HomeKit = No Buy

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    #5316
    caalvarez
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    I’ve had a Skybell for 5-6 years. It’s much nicer-looking than Ring. My friend has a ring and it has slightly better audio on the door end, but the video and audio on the user end are about the same. To me, the Ring says “steal me I’m worth $200!” The Skybell is barely different from a normal button.

    All that said, two thoughts…

    I don’t find it useful. The way my button/door are arranged, the view isn’t great, and for the most part I just ignore unexpected people at the door. I put a camera up in the corner to get a better view, and motion detection, and that’s more useful than the Skybell.

    I also don’t see how Homekit integration will help on these devices. I like Homekit on control devices like switches because they all live in one place, and I don’t have to open multiple apps. But when someone rings the bell, you just tap the notification, and see the video. There’s pretty much no involvement with the app/Homekit really.

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    #5317
    jer78
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    Lol ALEXMACK, funny how you call me naive while you’re sitting and waiting for months and years for Homekit products, some of which will never see the light of day.

    Attack me all you want. I really don’t care. Just trying to point out there’s 2 sides to these stories. But by all means go and sharpen your pitchforks at Orbit and continue to sing Apple’s praises. Means nothing to me.

    If you need me I’ll be controlling my sprinkler with Alexa. Lol

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    #5318
    [email protected]
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    I’m gonna write a raspberry pi node.js plugin for homebridge that will control my b-hyve 12 zone sugar daddy

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    #5713
    smith288
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    Have you done this? I don’t see an open API or anything to interact with the device.

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    #5783
    Jebka02
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    I was at my local Home Depot this past weekend. I see the Orbit fraudulent signs are still up. I again pointed it out to the store manager that they are perpetuating consumer fraud. The difference between Orbit and Ring is that Ring didn’t actually put up signs making a fraudulent claim. They simply stated “coming soon” rather than put up signage across the nation.
    Orbit could have fixed this by simply sending out blank white stickers to cover the fraudulent claim.
    Seems to me Orbit simply doesn’t care how many people are duped into purchasing a device based on their fraudulent signage. They are more interested in the purchase.
    Here is my next step today: https://www.usa.gov/consumer-complaints
    Might want to inform your legal department that the excrement is about to hit the proverbial fan.

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    #5788
    Chip Sawdust
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    I’m big on HomeKit and have lots of things connected to it — Lutron, Sylvania, Schlage, Honeywell etc. That said, the most useful are the lights and the thermostat.

    I have the b-hyve app on my phone and if I need to fiddle with my water times and other settings I can do that through the app. I’m not sure what HomeKit functions would be useful for a sprinkler system that you couldn’t so just as well and faster through the app.

    I got the timer with the “D” switch on it so at some point I’ll have the HomeKit capability. Not to be contrarian, but it seems like a lot of people on this thread are getting way fired up over something that isn’t really that big a deal. But… my yard and requirements aren’t the same as anyone else’s.

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    #5790
    caalvarez
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    You make good points, and I half agree that Homekit integration isn’t necessarily a huge thing. Yet, they advertise it, and it’s why I picked up their box instead of another. So that itself is simply shady, and hurting the competitors who don’t lie about it.

    As far as usability, I have a few reasons… I want to use these on a couple of hoses that feed misters and a swamp cooler, but shouldn’t be left on all the time. We have very high water pressure and hoses blow up. But the spigots are not convenient and it would just be nice to say “Siri turn on misters” and be really lazy. And really lazy is what the whole thing is all about. In fact in summer I’d just have my existing “Gazebo time” scene turn on misters like it turns on the fan in the gazebo, lights, etc.

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