Eve's Astonishing Transition from HomeKit to Matter at CES 2023

Cupertino, October 8, 2023

The range of smart gadgets from Eve has been a consistent presence in the smart home and at CES in recent years. However, in its 2023 presentation, the brand has made some important improvements. While Eve has always been loyal to Apple's HomeKit standard and has developed sleek devices specifically for integration with iOS and Siri, it is now placing a big bet on the newly launched Matter universal smart home standard to expand its appeal beyond Apple enthusiasts. The first Matter-ready gadgets will be available in stores in just a few months.

In late March, three new Matter-compatible Eve gadgets will be introduced to the market. These include the Eve Door and Window access sensor, the Eve Energy smart plug, and the Eve Motion, which detects movement throughout the house. Prices for these gadgets start at $40 for the Eve Energy and $50 for both the Eve Door and Window and the Eve Motion. All three will fully support the Matter over the Thread protocol upon launch.

Additionally, Eve is introducing a $200 retrofit kit called the Eve MotionBlinds, which can turn standard roller blinds into smart roller blinds. The Thread-compatible smart roller promises easy installation and automation controls via the Eve or Apple Home apps. Once Matter recognizes smart roller blinds in mid-2023, these roller blinds can also sync with the standard, allowing integration with Google, Amazon Alexa, Samsung SmartThings, and other Matter partners.

Eve has been proactive in embracing the Matter standard. As one of the first to offer free over-the-air Matter updates for existing devices and now offering Matter compatibility upon purchase, Eve is delivering on the standard's promise of simplicity, reliability, interoperability, and security for the smart home. In addition to new devices, Eve has brought many of its older devices into the Matter ecosystem through software updates. Unlike other brands at CES, such as GE Lighting and Govee, Eve has prioritized compatibility with Matter and has made efforts to ensure its Thread devices can eventually work with the standard.

The only products in Eve's current range that do not use Thread and are not immediately eligible for a Matter upgrade are the Eve Light Strip and the Eve Flare. However, the company has plans in the works for upgrading these products to Matter, although a timetable has not yet been established.

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