In this news-rich episode of the HomeKit Insider podcast, your hosts highlight several new smart home products and discuss their new projects. Aqara's Thread lineup kicked off last week with the launch of the P2 contact sensor. This new smart home sensor works with Matter-over-Thread to support multiple platforms and does not require an Aqara hub to use. The previously announced Aqara motion sensor with Thread is still on the way and will be launched towards the end of the year. Aqara says it's also working on its own Thread border router-compatible M3 hub. Other lesser-known companies also had some product launches this week. Onvis came up with its new button control, QingPing launched a light sensor, and Tuo has a whole range of Matter gear. Level Inc has released two new colorways of its popular Home Key-enabled smart lock. It is now available in matte black, satin nickel, brass and satin chrome.
After the news, your hosts cut short their ongoing personal projects. Stephen, after trying last week's recommendation to factory reset his Apple TV, he managed to successfully install tvOS 17. During the episode, he gives a live demo of using FaceTime on his Apple TV. Andrew shares how he installed a contact sensor on his mailbox, which receives smart notifications every time the mailbox is open and closed.
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