OmniaBlinds, Arlo's new monitoring service and Aqara air quality sensor on HomeKit Insider

Cupertino, October 8, 2021

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In the latest episode of the HomeKit Insider podcast, your hosts discuss OmniaBlinds Thread compatible HomeKit shades, new Arlo subscription monitoring services, share our first impressions of the Aqara air quality sensor, and review Apple's MagSafe battery pack .

Last week, OmniaBlinds announced its new set of blinds that support Thread, as well as Apple HomeKit. They have several customization options available with the launch later this year.

Arlo recently had its own announcement, introducing a new monitoring service and reorganizing subscription levels. The high-end level offers a continuous 30-day window of 4K video recordings for unlimited cameras and professional monitoring. Less expensive subscription

includes 2K recording, AI recognition and smart notifications, among other features.

Listener's questions

Tim asked if there were any HomeKit UPSs or not, or if they should still use a regular UPS, but provide a secondary power strip or a smart outlet to activate the HomeKit.

George asked about the complexity of HomePod connectivity and whether each device requires a separate configuration or whether there are universal settings that apply to the home as a whole.

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