Eve is preparing to launch a HomeKit-enabled weather monitoring device, FCC documents reveal, one that will include support for Thread, a connectivity option built into the HomePod mini.
FCC statements published Thursday revealed an unreleased device called Eve Weather, a device designed to monitor the environment and to provide data on various elements. Seemingly an updated major version of the EVE Degree, the EVE WEATHER appears to update the compact weather station’s design, as well as its functionality.
Supporting documentation in the vault reveals that the device is quite similar to its predecessor in terms of design, with it consisting of a square disc with a large screen on the front to display temperature, humidity and the trend of weather. It also has IPX3 water resistance, which makes it usable outdoors and able to withstand light rain.
The manual mentions the ability to connect the device to a HomeKit network using the companion app Eve for HomeKit, which will allow HomeKit and Siri to perform queries and functions based on detected humidity and temperature. This includes setting up automations using temperature or humidity, which could feasibly activate other devices in certain situations.
One of the big changes is also the smallest update in the manual, which is a reference to using Thread. Thread, a new IP-based smart home connectivity standard, Thread allows embedded devices to create a separate mesh network, expanding the reach of the smart home network beyond a device’s typical Wi-Fi or Bluetooth range and without requiring a bridge.
In the case of Apple hardware, only the HomePod mini currently has Thread connectivity. Since HomePod can be used as the foundation for a HomeKit network, this means that HomePod mini can enable Threads for use within HomeKit.
Eve has yet to officially announce the Eve Weather, but the presence in the FCC documents suggests that a launch could be on the way very soon.
Eve Systems has been working to roll out Thread support to other devices, with updates in late 2020 adding support for Eve Door & Window. Other manufacturers like Nanoleaf are also incorporating Thread into their smart home products to take advantage of the technology’s potential benefits.
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