(Pocket-lint) – Eve Systems has doubled its commitment to Thread – a mesh network system for smart homes – with the new Eve Energy and Eve Aqua supporting the standard, as well as the launch of a new Eve Weather.
Thread is designed to create a mesh network between devices so that they can communicate without the need for a hub connected to a router. Like Zigbee, it can provide communication between devices, with each device playing a role in expanding and keeping the system running, even if a device stops communicating or is removed.
Eve Systems is committed to Thread, with a series of devices that accept the protocol, while respecting HomeKit. With the Apple HomePod Mini, which also offers Thread support, it positions itself as a smart hub for systems such as those offered by Eve.
The new Eve Weather offers a large screen to inform you about the outside temperature, humidity and barometric pressure, so you can see through the device or the iOS app, exactly what is happening. It will be available from March 25.
Eve Energy is the smart plug, but the new version – available from April 6 – will offer Thread. This will mean that just a few Eve power outlets in your home will help you connect all your Thread compatible devices.
There will also be a firmware update for Eve Aqua (second generation) again to add wire connectivity to the mix. Eve Aqua is designed to control the garden faucet, and the addition of the wire will allow remote control when you’re out of the house – so you can turn on the sprinklers while you’re gone.
The update is expected in early April.
In the past, HomeKit devices – such as those offered by Eve Systems – relied on Bluetooth or Wi-Fi to connect to a hub device – such as the HomePod or Apple TV. It meant that all devices had to be within range of that hub to operate, which could lead to limitations.
With Thread, though, those HomeKit devices are talking now, which means you can expand the range. Eve Aqua from the outside can connect to Eve Energy in your garage, which connects to the HomePod, which means Aqua doesn’t have to try to connect for such a long time.
This should lead to a happier smart home with no connectivity worries.
Written by Chris Hall.