Smart Home: Elgato focuses fully on HomeKit accessories

By | January 8, 2020

The Munich-based manufacturer is selling its gaming division and intends to concentrate fully on networked home automation – under a new name. The Munich-based manufacturer is selling its gaming division and intends to concentrate fully on networked home automation – under a new name. Read more about smart home appliances at cherokeevalleygolfclub.com.

Elgato Systems becomes Eve Systems: The veteran Munich-based accessories manufacturer now wants to concentrate fully and under the new name on “App-controlled lifestyle accessories” in the form of the Eve home automation product line, the company announced on Wednesday. The gaming division, which specializes in video capturing and streaming, will be sold to the US company Corsair, where it will be continued under the Elgato Gaming brand. Corsair produces not only RAM but also accessories, which are primarily aimed at gamers and PC hobbyists.

Eve Systems focuses on HomeKit accessories

His company wants to “maintain and further expand both product families through the sale,” explained Elgato founder Markus Fest, who is taking over the management of Eve Systems. The Eve product line has so far relied exclusively on Apple’s home automation technology HomeKit. Elgato is one of the earliest and largest suppliers of HomeKit-compatible accessories.

In addition to various sensors, the Eve product line now also includes smoke detectors, light switches, a garden irrigation system and portable outdoor lighting controlled via Apple’s Home App and Siri. The devices all rely exclusively on Bluetooth for networking. Eve Systems plans to present new products at the IFA at the end of August.

Elgato’s EyeTV already sold

Elgato also offers Thunderbolt docking stations, which are primarily aimed at Mac users, but are also Windows-compatible. Whether these will be distributed by Corsair in the future or remain with Eve Systems is unclear for the time being.

A good two years ago, Elgato already sold the EyeTV TV tuner product line, which is intended for macOS, iOS, Windows and Android. Since then, the EyeTV hardware has been resold by Geniatech, a subsidiary of the Chinese company Shenzhen Geniatech.

Elgato’s Thunderbolt docking stations will also be part of Corsair in the future.