Developer makes HomeKit bridge to operate Raspberry Pi




A developer is working on a HomeKit bridge that distance on iOS devices a Raspberry Pi or BeagleBoard Black operate. An iOS app is reportedly in the pipeline. Possible will follow in due course, a version for Android.

The initiative comes from the Austrian programmer Matthias Hochgatterer. His idea for the bridge – Home Control – arose when he wanted to remotely control a UVR1611 with his iPhone. The UVR1611 is a universal, freely programmable controller used in Austria for managing solar panels or boilers.

Hochgatterer summed up quickly on the plan to use Apple HomeKit- api. This can be remotely controlled devices in the home with an iOS device. The Austrian only lacked the necessary documentation, because Apple only provided if someone makes associated hardware. Hockgatterer therefore had to develop its application through reverse engineering.

Meanwhile, the programmer has HomeControl bridge made suitable for UVR1611 controller, LIFX bulbs and olp425 bluetooth module for the BeagleBoard computer. Soon, the application appears to operate those devices in the App Store, so writing it. He is also considering an Android version. This is possible because Home Control is written in Google’s Go, a programming language that since version 1.4 also Android apps to make. Go that way could be a bridge between Android and HomeKit, which is normally closed to everything except iOS.

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