Aqara curtain motor and motion sensor unveiled

Cupertino, January 4, 2022

It wouldn't be a normal week without at least one Aqara item  and as such we can reveal not one, but two products whose listings have made their way to a European store - they are not yet available as such, but their existence is enough for us at this point.

The first of the two devices is brand new in terms of a product category for Aqara, namely the Aqara Curtain Driver E1This is a little different than the curtain drivers they already sell, which sit on one side of your curtains and pull them into the track with a pully system. The E1, which goes along with their recently released Roller curtain motor E1, works by attaching to the edge of your curtains and the track, effectively pulling the curtains in one direction or the other.

We have already seen this type of product from companies such as SwitchBot for example, although their products lack HomeKit compatibility. Of course, Aqara's model uses Zigbee 3.0 and thus depends on one of their hubs to be exposed to HomeKit, but given the wide variety of hubs now available, in all price ranges, many will now have at least one of them.

The motor has a built-in battery that can be charged via a USB-C port on the base, which can last up to a year between charges, and also includes a light sensor, designed to close your curtain depending on whether there is too much or not enough light. There are actually two models, with the 'Rod' version work with curtains that rods, U-rails, I-Rails, while the "Standard" version will only work with the last two options.

The second of our two devices, the Aqara Motion Sensor P1is a lesser surprise, as we first saw it announced in the summer of last year at Aqara's annual product unveiling, along with the Aqara TVOC sensor, the P1 Door Sensor, and a host of other devices, some of which have not yet been released. The P1 is similar to the original sensor in many ways, but with a larger "chin. This is because the sensor uses not one, but two CR2450 batteries, giving the P1 a battery life of five years.

The new model, like the High Precision Motion Sensor that came out last year, has an adjustable blind time, and also has a built-in light sensor, although it is only exposed to the Aqara app, not HomeKit, but can be used in Aqara automations.

Neither product is actually for sale at the moment, at least not on the Slovakian store where they surfaced, but considering this store only sells products designated for the European market, it's a good sign that these aren't too far off.

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