Eve Systems has revealed launch details for a Thread-enabled Eve Weather temperature sensor and a smart Eve Energy connector. The latest announcement follows a commitment made late last year to bring Thread wireless connectivity to the full range of HomeKit accessories.
“Intelligence, elegance and proven quality, Eve Energy, with Thread-enabled, is the ultimate accessory for the HomePod mini,” said Jerome Gackel, CEO of Eve Systems. “A handful of Eve Energy, added to your home in seconds, will cover an ultra-robust, ultra-responsive and ultra-efficient mesh network throughout the house – without the need for a bridge.”
The new threaded Eve Weather keeps the temperature, humidity and barometric pressure both inside and outside with IPX3 water resistance. The new wireless sensor runs on a single CR2450 battery and has an on-board display that puts the measurements at a glance. Through the Eve for HomeKit application, users can review historical data and access current conditions at any time via Siri voice commands. Eve weather will be available at various retailers starting March 25 for $ 69.95.
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Eve also plans to launch a smart Eve Energy plug updated with Thread this spring. The updated sheet retains the same slim design and power monitoring capabilities as the original and will hit shelves on April 6 in the US for $ 39.95. Eventually, Eve will introduce new Thread-enabled versions of Eve Flare, Eve Motion and Eve Room throughout 2021, but she didn’t give us the exact timeline for these accessories.
In addition to the new accessories, Eve revealed that the second generation Eve Aqua Smart Water Controller will receive Thread support through a firmware update in early April. The free update will be available through the Eve for HomeKit app, similar to an upgrade late last year that brought Thread to the latest Eve Door and Window sensor. The Eve Door and Window sensor is now available in stores for $ 39.95, and Eve Aqua is also available for $ 99.95.
According to Eva, the network technology of the Thread network allows the accessories to heal themselves by selecting alternative routes for data if problems arise. The Mesh network will also increase the autonomy and response times of Eve accessories, which should resolve some of the most common complaints seen with Bluetooth devices. All of Eva’s accessories connect directly to the HomeKit without the need for a dedicated hub or account, and can use Bluetooth Low Energy for connectivity if a HomePod mini isn’t in the house.
Additional information about Eva’s updated range of HomeKit accessories is available at evehome.com. Eva’s blog also offers some excellent guides on how Thread technology works behind the scenes, which is worth reading.
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