This one is really interesting. As we mentioned before, anything in the US which uses radiofrequency has to have an FCC license. And those licenses typically are granted several months before the company even acknowledges that it’s working on a device.
Time to market can vary a lot after the FCC license is granted. The Logitech Harmony hub extender, for example, had its license about a year before it finally got to market. Sometimes the FCC license is the very last thing needed, and the device shows up about a month later. So that part you can’t predict until The manufacturer actually starts talking about the device, and not always then.
( The FCC license materials for the smartthings V2 hub included the Bluetooth antenna which has yet to be turned on almost a year after the product started selling.)
OK, background out of the way, here’s the exciting bit: an FCC license has been granted for a Phillips hue zigbee motion sensor. Guesses are that it will retail for about $40, which is high relative to other zigbee motion sensors ( notably the Lowe’s Iris which runs around $20), but it would likely mean you could combine motion sensors with Phillips hue lights through the hue bridge and thus get some HomeKit compatibility. It’s not clear how much. HomeKit still doesn’t allow for battery-operated sensors to trigger other events. So on the HomeKit front, will have to wait for more official details.
It’s also unclear whether these motion sensors would be visible to SmartThings. They might be like the Hue dimmer switch, where they just become a parallel means of control.
But whatever happens, if these actually come to market as is currently being predicted in early October, it’s going to make things interesting.