Matter has arrived: How a Google Nest Hub just controlled an Apple HomeKit smart plug
To IFA 2022, Standby hosted a demo of one of their HomeKit-enabled smart plugs using Matter to successfully communicate with a Google Nest Hub. It’s a big step forward in the smart home world, as it’s the first time a Google Hub has been able to natively connect with an Eve (HomeKit) smart plug.
Currently, these devices are not easily compatible with each other. Some do-it-yourselfers install a bridge, such as HomeBridgeor automation via IFTTT for incompatible devices like these to work with each other. But it takes work, time and sometimes basic programming knowledge.
Eve was one of the participants to make big announcements for the smart home world. As a company that makes smart home products with native support for HomeKit, Eve also announced a range of new devices along with their demo of an implementation of Matter, the new IoT connectivity standard.
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Google and Amazon, along with other big players, have supported Matter since its inception and are ready to support the new connectivity standard once it becomes available, which could be as early as the end of this year.
Several companies are developing devices and updates to integrate Matter when it’s ready, but this is the first time we’ve seen it work in the real world.
It doesn’t matter if you use Alexa, Google Home, SmartThings or HomeKit at home; Matter will unite all of these into one. And like something we’ve heard a lot about but haven’t seen yet, this demo at IFA 2022 was a pretty groundbreaking step in a connected smart home.
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Eve has also updated its Bluetooth product line to support Thread, and it’s ready to update all Thread-enabled devices to Matter from the end of the year.
The biggest tech event in Europe, IFA 2022 has also hosted brands like LG, Tuya, Huawei, Samsung, Lenovo, Sharp, Panasonic, etc.
The mainstream application of the material is certainly to be seen, but highly anticipated. I can’t wait to integrate my incompatible devices into one system – something we haven’t achieved easily so far. Hopefully the ASC can keep that promise.