HomeKit control: Concept video shows use of U1 chip

Cupertino, November 27, 2021

Titled "The Smart Home Remote I Wish You Could Use", developer Bastian Andelefski shows how a HomeKit control with the U1 chip could look like. In the video, it is enough to let the iPhone point in the direction of individual devices to get the corresponding control displayed.

With the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro, Apple debuted the ultra-wideband chip U1 built in. The chip is also present in the HomePod mini and the current Apple TV. So far, however, only Apple has access to the chip and uses it, for example, for Handoff, i.e. the music transfer from the iPhone to the HomePod mini.

But the "spatial awareness" of the U1 chip could also be interesting for HomeKit, as we reported back in September 2019. Bastian Andelefski now shows how exciting this could be in a very impressive video. In it, the developer shows his own smarthome app, with which he only has to point the iPhone in the direction of individual devices to be able to control them.

Within no time, Andelefski points to different devices and can turn them on individually with the same switch. It even goes a step further and additionally shows a color selection for colored lamps. The app not only recognizes which device you would like to control, but also shows you the corresponding control elements.

In the video, however, the developer also points out a problem: Until now, developers have not had access to the U1 chip. In order for his app to work, Andelefski had to use a clunky developer board. So until you can download the app from the App Store, there's still some way to go. However, the video shows what we can expect in the future when manufacturers offer corresponding devices and Apple finally releases the chip for developers.

HomeKit control Concept video shows use of U1 chip

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