Matter may move at a slower pace than some would like, but it moves nonetheless. The latest device to join the list of Matter compatible devices is a contact sensor that also happens to use Thread, making it doubly attractive as it is compatible with the four major platforms: Apple Home, Amazon Alexa, Google Home, and Samsung SmartThings. The device in question is from newcomer Tuo, who recently released their debut smart home product, the Tuo Smart Button, which also uses Matter over Thread.
With (very) few exceptions, contact sensors can only tell you whether a door or window is being opened or closed, and this would be the case with Tuo's latest offering. However, the company has done its best to make its model at least visually different, opting for a more elliptical shape, with the two halves split into the sensor and the magnet. The sensor half also features a pairing/reset button, which also contains a small LED to indicate that it is being activated, as well as its status. The Tuo offering joins three other Thread contact sensors from Eve, Aqara, and Onvis, with the latter option only offering HomeKit via Thread, not Matter. The contact sensor uses a CR2450 coin cell battery, which the company claims can last up to two years depending on usage. The Tuo Contact sensor is currently available on Amazon.com for US$29.99. You can also read our in-depth written reviews of both the Tuo Smart Button and the Aqara Contact Sensor below:
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