Chinese supplier of smart home products, Aqara, has launched four new devices in Australia: a occupancy sensor, a door and window sensor, a doorbell and a smart lock. The company said in a statement Tuesday that the occupancy sensor would retail for $197.99, adding that it was selected by The Verge's website as the best smart home device at CES 2023. The door and window sensor will retail for $34.99, the doorbell for $239.99 and the smart lock for $499.99.
The smart video doorbell G4 has local AI-based facial recognition that allows users to set names for specific faces and receive push notifications through an app or automation through the Aqara Hub. Smartphones can be used to check who has come to call. The doorbell is claimed to be the first battery-powered option to work with Apple's HomeKit Secure Video and can also be used with Amazon Alexa and Google Home. It can also be used on mains power.
The Aqara door and window sensor P2. The smart lock has a fingerprint reader that can recognize up to 50 fingerprints. Users can also generate periodic passwords to grant permanent, recurring, or one-time access. The presence sensor uses millimetre-wave radar technology and has functions such as human fall detection and a built-in light sensor. The door and window sensor natively supports Matter, a new open-source standard for connected smart things, and connects directly to Apple Home, Google Home, Amazon Alexa, Samsung SmartThings. Aqara Home connections will be possible in the near future using a Matter compatible Aqara Thread border router. The Aqars smart lock U100. Voice assistants such as Siri and Alexa are supported.
“We have expanded our range here locally in Australia to help Aussies unlock the full potential of building a smarter, safer home that meets their needs,” said Aqara product development manager Mark Berahmand. "Our latest products offer an unparalleled level of versatility and are suitable for a wide range of applications and different types of homes. Whether you're a tech-savvy enthusiast, a busy professional looking to streamline your daily routines or a creative looking for innovative ways to improve your living space, our solutions are designed to seamlessly integrate and adapt to your lifestyle." With easy-to-use interfaces and compatibility with popular smart home platforms such as Amazon Alexa, Google Home and Apple HomeKit, our products are the ideal choice for individuals and families who want to create a truly connected and personalized home environment." The Aqara occupancy sensor FP2. All images provided Last month, SmartThing compatibility was introduced in Aqara's roller blind and curtain drivers, while a recent OTA update has made it possible to adding most Aqara products to the Matter ecosystem through the M2 and/or E1 zigbee hubs.
All four products can be purchased from Aqara's online store as well as Australian retailers including JB Hi-Fi, Officeworks and Bing Lee.
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