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New Eve motion sensor supports Thread and senses ambient light

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The updated Eve Motion now supports Thread networking and senses light to trigger automations.
The updated Eve Motion now supports Thread networking and senses light to trigger automations.
Photo: Eve Systems

Eve Systems offered its second-generation Eve Motion sensor Thursday, adding a light sensor and Thread mesh networking support. The device detects motion to activate other HomeKit-enabled devices.

And it’s actually less expensive than the previous model by $10.

The Thread standard that will be integral to the upcoming Matter home automation technology standard that helps different manufacturers’ devices work together.

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Updated Eve motion sensor adds ambient light sensor and Thread networking support

“We can’t wait for Matter to become available in Fall 2022,” said Jerome Gackel, Eve Systems CEO. “With the launch of the new model of Eve Motion we continue to deliver a wave of products prepared to shape the smart home of the future.”

“Combining wireless motion and light sensors,” he continued, “Eve Motion is the essential tool to automate your HomeKit smart home.”

You can place an Eve Motion sensor anywhere inside or outside your smart home and use it in conjunction with HomeKit-enabled devices. The new version, released 6 years after the launch of its predecessor, can use motion or ambient light levels to trigger automations.

The device has a 120-degree field of view and detects motion within a nine meter range. It can turn on the lights in a room when a person enters, for example. And it pairs with Eve MotionBlinds, which it can raise or lower based how light it is in the room.

The new version, equipped with AAA batteries, features a more compact body than its predecessor, as well as IPX3 water resistance, Eve said. So it can take light rain and splashes.

Will work with Matter standard

The company’s Thread devices, including Eve Motion, can receive over-the-air firmware updates that will help them work with the upcoming smart home technology standard Matter.

The Matter protocol has support from Apple, Amazon, Google, Samsung and others. It should launch later this year.

Eve Motion is available for $39.95 from Eve Systems or Amazon.

Where to buy: Amazon