Apple bought San Mateo-based Silk Labs, a startup that designs products and services with artificial intelligence at its core.
The deal was made earlier this year, but neither Apple nor Silk Labs made a formal announcement. It's likely because both sides wanted to keep their plans behind closed doors. So far, Apple has not pushed home automation apart from offering HomeKit and HomePod. With Silk Lab's technologies, the portfolio can be expanded significantly over the next few years.
In 2016, Silk Labs rolled a home security camera. The product, called Sense, used AI to analyze people and objects. It also understood user behavior to play music and connected to third party devices like speakers and light bulbs.
Since the release of Sense over two years ago, Silk Labs became aware of more general efforts. Start-up did not put anything else on the market, but it continued to work with home security, retail analysis, package monitoring, digital display calculations and access control.
Siri, Apple's Digital Assistant, would benefit directly from Silk Lab's experience in artificial intelligence. The digital assistant needs to get to Amazon's Alexa and Google Assistant. Although there have been improvements, Apple can still not beat its rivals in many areas.
Apple also lacks a presence in home automation. After this acquisition, the company can quickly develop on a smart screen or camera.
We have to wait and see what Apple does. These acquisitions in Cupertino rarely relate to existing plans immediately, so it may be a little before Silk Lab's ideas reemerge. Let's just hope that Apple will add even more resources to Siri after this.