Hands on with the new HomeKit devices from CES 2022

Cupertino, January 11, 2022

CES 2022 was our first look at some of the new Matter and Thread HomeKit products, and we spent most of our time at the show with them. You can look forward to this. All HomeKit gear from CES 2022 Belkin Belkin had some new things to show off at CES 2022, as well as a software update for one of the existing products released in 2021. Wemo Smart Video Doorbell The most noisy during the show was the new Wemo Smart Video Doorbell. It features a stunning 178-degree field of view, HomeKit Secure Video, and works exclusively with Apple's smart home platform. Personally, the Wemo Smart Video Doorbell looks chunky, but it's also shown mounted to the side of the door with a slanted base that adds some depth. Otherwise, the button is large and easy to press with a white backlight to clarify its function.Belkin Wemo Smart Video DoorbellCompared to other HomeKit doorbells, the Wemo Smart Video Doorbell has the widest field of view yet, providing much more coverage of your veranda is possible. The company said they wanted you to be able to see everything from someone approaching from afar, your doormat or someone's close-up face. Because it works with HomeKit Secure Video, you can set activity zones from the Home app, customize your recording options, and save your recordings to iCloud in full 1080p HD. HomeKit can also use your Photos app for facial recognition. The Belkin Wemo Smart Video Doorbell is available now from Belkin for $249.99. HomeKit users. One of the promised features was support for Thread, but the update didn't arrive as early as expected. Now the long-awaited update is finally rolling out. Users can go to the Home app - the first accessory to update through the Home app - to update the Stage scene controller. The new update has been rolled out in waves, with all users expecting it by the end of the month. Wire, rather than Bluetooth, is much more responsive and will deliver a vastly improved user experience. You can pick up the Stage Scene controller from Belkin right now for $49.99. New Thread Devices Wemo Devices Get Thread Later this year, Belkin will introduce all-new versions of many of its popular Wemo devices. New versions of the smart plug, dimmer and wall switches will be available to fully support Thread and Matter. The existing models from a few years ago do not have the required Thread radio, so new versions are needed. Visit Belkin's site to discover the lineup of Wemo devices as they become available. Eve Eve canceled his CES performance at the last minute due to Covid concerns, so we didn't get to watch them all, but we did get to see one. The company announced its Outdoor Floodlight Camera and the availability of its smart blinds. Eve Outdoor Floodlight Camera The Eve Outdoor Floodlight Camera is a first for the HomeKit space. Currently, it is the only floodlight camera on the market that works with HomeKit and supports HomeKit Secure Video. The New Eve Outdoor Floodlight Cam In total, the Eve Outdoor Floodlight Camera will be displayed as three accessories in the Home app. You have an adjustable floodlight, a motion sensor and a camera with two-way communication. It will be released in the first half of 2022 and will cost $249. Eve MotionBlinds Eve has announced that its Thread-connected MotionBlinds are available worldwide. The Eve MotionBlinds are sold through multiple retailers and are fully customizable and made to your window's specifications. If you'd like to learn more or order one for yourself, check out our full review. TP-Link T-Link has continued to reject HomeKit with its Kasa line, but now it seems to be embracing Apple's platform with its Tapo line. The Tapo line is expanding out of Europe and will include several HomeKit products. At CES we saw the TP-Link Tapo E200 smart thermostat. This thermostat supports remote sensors, allowing it to heat the room you're in to save energy. It also has a "Hello Mode" that tells you when you're home and only turns on the heating or air conditioning when needed. TP-Link Tapo Thermostat The unit looks great, with a mirror-like finish on the left and a matte white sensor on the right. Since the mirrored surface is reflective, it helps make any room you place it look like. The screen is hidden behind this mirror and appears when you need it. TP-Link has also announced other HomeKit products, such as a smart plug and smart surge protector. ThinCast The ThinCast Smart Two is a unique, connected mirror that hides a touchscreen tablet behind its reflective surface. There is both a standing model and a wall-mounted washbasin. Both models can be connected to an AC power source or run on an optional battery pack. ThisCast Smart Two What makes this HomeKit so special is that it supports AirPlay 2. You can mirror your iPhone, iPad or Mac to the screen and you can cast audio. at. While you get ready in the morning, you can play your favorite playlist or catch up on a TV show. It appears in the Home app and can be included in various HomeKit scenes and automations like other AirPlay speakers. ThinCast Smart Two AirPlay 2 You can order yours now from Capstone Connected starting at $799. Nanoleaf Nanoleaf has announced a new software update for its Elements, Shapes and Lines that allows them to act as Thread border routers for HomeKit devices. These are the first third-party accessories with such functionality. Nanoleaf becomes a Thread Border router A Thread Border router is needed to connect your Thread-enabled devices to your network. They can be from any manufacturer, including Nanoleaf, Eve, and Belkin. Roborock Roborock's New Vacuum CleanerRoborock introduced what is arguably the most advanced robotic vacuum cleaner we've seen yet. The Roborock S7 MaxV Ultra is a combination of vacuum cleaner and mop. It uses advanced AI to determine when it is on a hard floor or on a rug or carpet. When he approaches the carpet, he will lift the mop to keep it from getting wet. When he returns to his base station, he will automatically empty the dust container and remove the dirty water. A scrub brush cleans the mop on the underside of the vacuum before refilling the water tank with fresh H2O. Roborock can mop, but avoid getting the carpet wet. While HomeKit doesn't support vacuum cleaners by default, the Roborock S7 MaxV Ultra supports Siri Shortcuts. You can ask Siri to vacuum the living room and you can include it in any scenes you create. New HomeKit Support Aura Air has HomeKitAura Air announced at CES that the device of the same name has received a new firmware update to support HomeKit. This update has been expected for a while and we are very happy that the update is here. Mila previously promised HomeKit support and informed Homekit.Blog of the progress. The company says work on HomeKit is mostly complete and they are waiting for final certification. HomeKit arrives on its existing air purifier via an over-the-air firmware update. More to follow These products are just a drop in the ocean of what will inevitably hit the market this year. Some companies announced products but didn't have on hand to show off at CES. Twinkly announced Dot - a new USB-powered multi-color LED strip light that can be controlled via HomeKit. Sengled also has new motion, water, and contact sensors that work through HomeKit. Aqara has two new Thread sensors coming in the second half of 2022. The Matter standard is also expected to be released this year. Many manufacturers have pledged support for the standard, including Philips Hue, Belkin, Eero, Nanoleaf, Eve and more. At CES 2022, we saw our first Matter demo of Nordic Semiconductor. It showcased its Thread-connected weather station alongside a smart bulb, an Eve Energy, and a Yale lock. The demonstration proved that users could control everything through Matter with a Google Nest Hub. Seeing the HomeKit-specific Eve Energy control through a Google smart speaker was a welcome change. Matter is changing the home automation game, opening up opportunities for more products and better control than users have seen from any platform to date. We expect to see a lot more smart home content in 2022. Read more on Homekit.Blog

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