Z-Wave Smart Home Blog

Control your home with the Apple Watch? Z-Wave's got it covered.

Control your home with the Apple Watch? Z-Wave's got it covered.

The Apple Watch is already great at a lot of things. It's perfect for keeping tabs on your personal fitness goals, for quickly checking (and even replying to) text messages and phone calls, for glancing at the weather forecast, and even for paying for purchases with Apple Pay. But what about controlling your home?

It may seem counterintuitive at first. After all, one of the major benefits of a Z-Wave smart home is that everything can be controlled from one app. That doesn't work quite as well on the Apple Watch's compact screen, which needs specialized apps aimed at very specific tasks. Thankfully the smart home community has figured that out and turned a seeming weakness into one of the Watch's greatest strengths.

Browse the Apple Watch store and you'll find well over 10,000 apps, and these days an increasing number of them are dedicated to the smart home. SmartThings, for example, recently added Apple Watch support with an app update, and it's a perfect example of how to manage home control straight from your wrist without wading through tons of device-filled screens. Instead, you're met with just a few key scenes that you set up yourself, like "Good Morning" or "Good Night," which trigger multiple automated events with the single touch of a button.

Wink, another Z-Wave-capable home control hub, takes a slightly different but just as efficient approach by scaling down its Apple Watch experience your top-ten most-used shortcuts. That way the scenes and devices that you use the most are always accessible with a flick of the wrist whenever you need to access them.

If you're less interested in scenes and want more direct control of your individual smart home devices, you'll find all that and more (including geofencing) in the third-party VeraMate iOS/Apple Watch app for Vera smart home systems. Or you could just go straight to the source with Watch apps designed for Honeywell thermostats or Alarm.com security systems.

No matter which approach you take to controlling your smart home devices with the Apple Watch, think of it not as a complete replacement for your smartphone or dedicated home controllers. The Watch is great at providing you with quick and easy access to the specific devices and scenes you need right this very now.

Tags

Apple Watch, Vera, Alarm.com, Honeywell, smart watch, smart app, Z-Wave, Home Control, Smart Home





Building Your Smart Home on a Small, Medium & Large Budget

Building Your Smart Home on a Small, Medium & Large Budget

How much does smart home technology cost? It's not an easy question to answer. It's not as if you can walk into your local big box store and ask for a medium-sized lighting system with a side order of climate control.

Make Your Smart Home Pet Friendly

Make Your Smart Home Pet Friendly

Anyone who's ever lived with a pet knows that they're creatures of habit. And really, smart home technology is really just way of teaching your own house a few good habits of its own.

Remote Home Security - ADT Pulse

FIBARO Motion Sensor




Z-Wave vs. Wi-Fi vs Bluetooth: A Breakdown

Z-Wave vs. Wi-Fi vs Bluetooth: A Breakdown

One of the easiest ways of explaining an unfamiliar technology is to compare it with something people already understand. That's why you might hear things like: "It's like Wi-Fi, but…" or "It's similar to Bluetooth, but…" when talking about Z-Wave

Four Quick Ways Smart Home Tech Can Help Sell Your House Faster

Four Quick Ways Smart Home Tech Can Help Sell Your House Faster

If you're planning on putting your home on the market anytime soon, it's probably a good idea to smarten it up a bit before your realtor starts showing it.

CNN features Schlage & Nexia

GE Z-Wave Quick Overview by Jasco




Work from Home? Make Your Home Office Work for You with Connected Tech

Work from Home? Make Your Home Office Work for You with Connected Tech

Working from home can be both challenging and rewarding, depending on your working style. Distractions around the home or loud outside noises can all stand as hurdles when you're trying to buckle down and churn out work.

Preparing for Summer Vacation: Keep Your Home Safe While You're Away

Preparing for Summer Vacation: Keep Your Home Safe While You're Away

Are you ready for summer travel season? With Memorial Day on the horizon, and school almost finished for the year, many people already have vacation plans for the summer planned out. But have you thought about accommodations for your home while you’re away? Don’t let the threat of intruders take away from enjoying your time off. Utilize some smart home gear from Z-Wave and make your home look lived in – even if it’s not.

Why Smart Homes Will Be a Million Times Better Than 'The Jetsons'

Forbes

A smart, or connected, home is defined as one where the lights, heating/ventilation/air-conditioning (HVAC), security alarm and other household devices can be automated and remotely controlled by a smartphone, tablet or computer. The key drivers in smart home adoption are home security, energy efficiency, entertainment, convenience/productivity, connectivity and health monitoring.

3 Practical Benefits of Turning Your Ordinary Home into a Smart Home

Realty Today

It is good to realize that a smart home is not just mere product of a person whims and caprices. Like your smart phones and watches, a smart home may also serve you beyond convenience. And here below are some of the benefits of turning your home into a smart home.

Security for Smart Homes: Important Things to Consider

Tech.Co

And while home security systems were once complicated and a bit vexing, newer technologies have made them simple and even smarter.

Get smart with a hi-tech home by connecting to the 'internet of things'

Irish Examiner

The smart home revolution is only just beginning, and technology companies are still working out how it is all going to work together — but if you want to, you can make your home 'smart' today

What's New

Smart childproofing: How I created a safer home with smart home tech

BabyCenter.com Blog

When my son was five, I overheard him plotting with the girl next door to sneak out and meet up for a play date—after my husband and I were asleep. That was the day I decided to get a smart home security system.

A Glance at Top Trends in Smart Home Technology

Security Sales & Integration

Home technology is always moving, always improving, always promising to provide ease and convenience to our lives. So what sort of innovations stand to make a big impact? Here are 10 developments you'll want to keep an eye on.

Unleash Your Front Door's Potential with these 7 smart locks

C|NET

From industry staples like Kwikset, Schlage and Yale to startups like August and Poly-Control, the smart lock market is quickly gaining ground. What separates these brainiacs from your standard front door lock is an added layer of tech, typically Bluetooth, Z-Wave or Wi-Fi -- or some combination of the three.

7 Ways to Save Energy (and Money)

Techlicious

One of the best reasons for upgrading your home with smart devices is to conserve energy (and money spent on energy bills). And there's no better time than now