Last month, Eve shared an in-depth look at how Thread works and why it could be the future of smart home devices. Now, the HomeKit-only device maker today announced three new products that are being updated to include useful Apple Thread connectivity.
Eve first launched Thread support with its Door & Window sensor last fall and last month teased that many of its products will receive Thread functionality. One of the great advantages of Thread should be to see “No Answer” for HomeKit devices much less due to the improved power and autonomy.
The latest three Eve HomeKit smart devices to get Thread will be the Eve Energy, Eve Weather and Eve Aqua smart socket. This brings a total of eight Eve HomeKit devices, with Thread support, which previously came to two European Eve Energy outlets, Eve Light Switch and Eve Thermo. Eve now announces that it has “the largest portfolio of devices compatible with Thread technology for consumers”.
Keep in mind, the Apple HomePod mini is the first and only HomeKit hub to support Thread – anyway.
For Eve Energy, this will be a new model that will support Thread. In particular, the company points out that this can act as a Thread router because it is always powered, which can improve your Thread network throughout the house. Along with HomeKit, Siri, and Eve Energy Smart Socket Automation Control, it also lets you see how much power your devices use.
“Smart, stylish and of proven quality, an Eve Thread-enabled Eve Energy is the ultimate accessory for the HomePod mini,” said Jerome Gackel, CEO of Eve Systems. “A coat of Eve Energy, added to your home in seconds, will cover an ultra-robust, ultra-responsive and ultra-efficient mesh network throughout your home – without the need for a bridge.”
The new Eve Energy with Thread will be released on April 6 for $ 39.95 and will be available in US and UK versions.
The very popular Eve Weather wireless station allows users to track outdoor temperature, humidity and barometric pressure and provides rich current and past climate data. Because it is battery powered, the new Eve Weather will have support to act as a Thread node.
The next generation Eve Weather with Thread will arrive on March 25 and will cost $ 69.95
Finally, the smart water controller Eve Aqua HomeKit (second generation) for outdoor peaks wins and Thread. But it will be through a firmware update this spring. Eve notes that Thread support for this device is especially useful because, depending on the distance between Eve Aqua and the WiFi router, some users may have trouble connecting to a Home Hub HomeKit.
With Thread support, this challenge is mitigated by the ability of Thread to transmit much more power and extended range by placing a router-compatible Thread device, such as Eve Energy (4th generation), between Eve Aqua and HomePod mini.
The second generation Eve Aqua is now available for $ 99.95, with Thread support reaching “early April”.
Read more about the benefits of Thread here.
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