The new technology wonder of smart homes is being able to connect and automate all your devices inside the house. However, it is still important to have physical switches that can turn things on and off manually inside the house just in case something needs to be switched without using an app. Logitech’s Pop buttons were introduced last year as one way to do that. On Tuesday, it was announced that the Logitech Pop buttons will be getting a major upgrade with the addition of the HomeKit support from Apple. HomeKit support is enabled through a new Hub for the Pop buttons, which will be available exclusively through Apple after it is officially launched.
Getting connected into the HomeKit expands what the buttons can do in a large way. The buttons have always been programmable, so you can go into the Pop app and make them send commands to a variety of different connected devices. But they only worked with a subset of gadgets and lighting systems, that is, until this point. Now, with HomeKit, they’re able to control any device inside Apple’s growing smart home ecosystem. A single Pop button can do three different actions when pressing the button. One with a single press, one with a double press, and another with a long press, and this could allow users to set up a single button to turn devices on and off, activate a specific command, and trigger a preset that controls multiple devices.
It is unfortunate that the Logitech Pop buttons still require a hub because this makes them harder to get started than being able to link them directly to an iPhone and is a bit more expensive, too. The hub sells for $59.95 and comes with a single button, and additional buttons sell for $39.99. The Pop buttons aren’t changing at all as part of this announcement, so existing units can gain HomeKit support by being connected to one of the new hubs.
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Even the simplest smart home can be very complex because there can be a ton of different toggles and apps and commands that you can control from your Alexa or Echo to make everything work. This is all good if you’re living by yourself, but if you have kids or guests or babysitters who need to turn on the lights without downloading and learning a new app, it can get stressful. Logitech is attempting to fix that problem with the Pop button, the programmable button that can control your smart home. The Logitech Pop button can control a number of different smart home components even from Sonos speakers, to Hue and LIFX lights (and more if needed), to smart locks, and even smart blinds.