Announced at WWDC 2018 as part of tvOS 12 – home control system integration – including HomeKit and Siri – will soon be made available to Crestron customers.
Through a software and firmware update expected this week, Crestrons TSR-310 handheld touch-screen remote will be the first in its category to adopt Apple TV, Siri and HomeKit control.
Crestron’s TSR-310 is a great alternative for the Siri Remote. With a price tag of $1000, Crestron customers can control multiple Apple TVs through either voice control or the remote’s integrated three inch touch display.
Todays announcement in full:
The SIMPL Windows release is available now:
- Make sure you are running the Device Database 106.05.001.00 or later
- For the TSR-310 make sure you are running the latest software and firmware posted here
- For 3-Series control systems, visit the corresponding product pages to download the latest software and firmware
- Sample programs can be found here
The device and Crestron databases, will enable this functionality in SIMPL Windows. After updating the firmware you can use the built-in help file to program HomeKit® integration. Refer to the provided documentation for guidance on how to integrate these modules into your programs.
The Apple certified 3-Series SIMPL Windows firmware update will include:
- Support for 3-Series control systems to enable these new features
- SIMPL Windows module and TSR-310 extender, with documentation on how to make these new features work in SIMPL Windows
- Ability to:
- Control Apple TV with TSR-310
- Securely connect TSR-310 and HomeKit
- Control multiple Apple TV units via TSR-310, linked by their device names
- Route voice via TSR-310 microphone to currently selected Apple TV, once correctly connected in SIMPL Windows
For control via other devices including the HR-310, touch screens, or mobile app, you will need to provide a secondary means of control such as IR or CEC.