HomeKit is Apple’s standard for controlling devices in your home. It’s a standard,ot an App. You can think of it as a little database on your iPhone. Or just structured information.
Homekit contains all your devices. To begin with Apple does not call it devices but accessories. An accessory is typically something you buy in a shop, such as a light or a sensor. In order to use it in HomeKit the accessory has to be certified for HomeKit.
There are all kinds of HomeKit accessories: Switches, Lights, Window Coverings, Locks, Sensors, Thermostats, Air Conditioning, Fans, Bridges, Cameras, Doorbells, Faucets, Garage Doors, Air Conditioners, Air Purifiers, Humidifiers, Outlets, Receivers, Routers, Security, Speakers, Sprinklers, TVs and Windows.
Window Coverings are curtains, (venetian) blinds, roller shutters and the like.
The most well-known accessory is probably Philips Hue. Philips started to support HomeKit very early on and was to many people their first HomeKit product. And Thinka is a HomeKit accessory too. Thinka
is a special kind of HomeKit accessory, just like Philips Hue it is a bridge
. Thinka bridges KNX
This opens up a whole new range of possibilities for KNX home owners.
KNX home owners can now use their KNX devices such as lights, curtains, thermostats, garage doors along with their Philips Hue lights, Sonos, Somfy, Netatmo, HomeKit cameras, Logitech, Danalock door lock, Gardena, Velux, Lutron and Honewell accessories. And more.
All from the Home App and create scenes
with all of them.
Or connect their audio/video from Arcam, Bang & Olufsen, Bose, Bowers & Wilkins, Cambridge Audio, Denon, Harman Kardon, JBL, LG, Loxone, Marantz, MOON, NAD, Naim, Onkyo, Pioneer, Revox, Sony and Yamaha.
See more about HomeKit at How To Use HomeKit?