On this week's episode of the HomeKit Insider podcast, your hosts discuss Samsung's SmartThings improvements, the Owl smoke detector, and an impressive vegetable garden. Andrew rode solo on the podcast this week as he dove into the limited news since our last episode. We watched Samsung's press event with a lot of smart home-related announcements. Notably, Samsung announced it would build its home hubs into additional products, including soundbars. This is not so different from Apple, which had already put its Home Hubs in the Apple TV and HomePods. Samsung also brought support for Matter bridges into the SmartThings ecosystem, a key factor that will encourage additional manufacturers to start supporting Matter. Nanoleaf also announced a new set of full-color LED holiday lights that can be pre-ordered for $119 and will ship in mid-October. Rise Garden introduces a new version of its impressive own garden, the Rise Roma. This version allows users to grow tomatoes, peppers and other plants up to a meter tall, all in the home. Your host put two products into practice during this episode: the Owl smart smoke detector and the SmallRig Arca camera plate with quick release. The Owl smoke detector can also detect carbon monoxide, movement, sound and measure temperature and humidity. All reported to Apple HomeKit. The SmallRig quick release plate is great because not only is it functional for your camera, but it also has a hidden compartment for an AirTag tracker.
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