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Smart home product developer Eve Systems is going all in on the Thread mesh networking protocol as it relates to Apple’s HomeKit platform.
Eve announced three new smart home products today: a smart plug, an outdoor weather monitor, and a hose-based sprinkler controller. This brings the number of Thread Group-certified products in the company’s portfolio to eight. Eve says it plans to render its entire product line Thread compatible over time, although that will require hardware changes to some existing products (in other words, existing owners will need to replace gear to gain the feature, versus simply updating firmware).
The Eve Energy smart plug will be available April 6 for $39.95. Since it will be plugged into a power source 24/7, it will be capable of acting as a Thread router in addition to controlling the lamp or other device plugged into it (see illustration, below).
In this example of a Thread mesh network, battery-powered devices act as Thread end points, while AC-powered devices act as routers. A Thread border router—a HomePod mini, in this case—is needed to connect the Thread network to a Wi-Fi or ethernet network.
Eve Weather is a battery-powered outdoor weather monitor that tracks the local temperature, humidity, and barometric pressure, displaying this information on its screen as well as sending it to an iPhone, where the Eve app will aggregate current and historical climate data. Available March 25 and selling for $69.95, it supports Bluetooth as well as Thread.
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