The promise of fully automated, high-functioning smart homes may one day become a reality with the adoption of a new industry-wide standard.
The first crop of Matter-compliant smart home gadgets has entered shelves. The Eve Energy plug and two sensors from Eve Systems are being upgraded so that they can communicate with any controller that supports the new technology. The new standard may solve compatibility issues, according to experts.
Particle CEO Zach Supalla told Lifewire in an email interview that users should care because Matter “has the ability to make smart home devices communicate with one another more fluidly and offer up use cases that have been challenging to pull off in the past.” Here’s an illustration: “An example would be a smart alarm clock that goes off and activates additional activities in the home from other devices created by various firms, such as your lights coming on and your smart blinds opening.”
It’s All About Communication
Matter’s software is designed to allow encrypted communication between many types of smart devices. Since 2019, the Connectivity Standards Alliance along with Amazon, Apple, Comcast, Google, SmartThings, and others have been developing Matter.
Google also announced not too long ago that the company has finished bringing Matter to its Google Nest gadgets and the Android operating system. Millions of Android phones and tablets, as well as Google’s smart speakers, screens, and Wi-Fi routers, have been upgraded to Matter. With this version, users of Android and Google Home can pair their Google devices with devices from other manufacturers that use the Matter protocol.
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Other than the aforementioned, Matter is also being used by Eve Systems. The newest versions of Eve Energy’s smart plug, Eve Door & Window’s contact sensor, and Eve Motion’s motion sensor have all received Matter certification. This month, users of Apple’s iPhone may take advantage of a no-cost upgrade in the Eve app that will make it possible for everyone in the household to have instant, hands-free, and local access from any device or voice assistant of their choosing.
In a press statement, CEO Jerome Gackel of Eve Systems said, “The next era of the smart home is here, and we can now invite users across all major ecosystems to the Eve experience.” Eve products “always guarantee 100% privacy, a superior collection of software features, and unsurpassed ease of installation,” regardless of the phone or assistant used to operate them.
The CEO of software company Fresco, Ben Harris, said in an email interview that the protocol may make life easier for users in the kitchen. Fresco is a member of the Connectivity Standards Alliance, which is working to set the standards for Matter’s smart kitchen.
Matter “helps make equipment in our homes feel more linked, intuitive, easy to use, and less difficult,” he continued. With Matter, “home cooks will be able to link dozens of equipment and streamline the overall kitchen experience with the peace of mind that their personal data is protected,” as explained by the company.
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The foundation of a smart home is the front door, and Matter may make it much simpler to enter your home. In an email interview, Lucas Haldeman, CEO of SmartRent, a provider of smart home solutions to real estate businesses and a member of the Matter alliance, estimated that most gadgets in the home would contain a Matter chip within the next two years.
The fact that it won’t break the bank for the proprietor to execute is another reason why Haldeman thinks it will catch on. The need to supplement and support connectivity amongst singular smart gadgets is on the rise because many single-family homeowners favour do-it-yourself solutions in the home.
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Supalla cautioned that the Matter standard has yet to be proven in the real world, despite the high verbiage surrounding the debut of Matter products.
He remarked, “In practise, the value proposition of Matter is still more hype than practise, and although the standard was finalised (a great feat), there is still a question of whether it gets placed into products and whether there is true adoption of the innovation.” If Matter does not succeed, it would not be the first time a new “standard” that everyone is thrilled about fails to take off.