Siri, Dim the Lights #WWDC

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The Internet of Things (IoT) continues to pick up steam, as Apple briefly -- and we mean briefly -- discussed HomeKit, its smart home service, at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2014 this week in San Francisco.

Apple’s SVP of Software Engineering, Craig Federighi, reportedly spoke about HomeKit for just 90 seconds of his 2 hour keynote, which was apparently enough to offer a decent idea of what it will look like.

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The service -- a wireless protocol that will certify smart devices within the household while simultaneously keeping others out -- operates through Siri, and will give users the ability to adjust thermostats, lock doors, dim lights and more from any iOS 8 enabled device.

Apple is reportedly collaborating with 18 companies on the initiative, including Honeywell, Philips, Chamberlain, Marvell and Broadcom to ensure that companies looking to make HomeKit compatible products will have no problem doing so.