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Set HomeKit scenes with Aqara’s new Cube controller

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The updated Cube controller now works with HomeKit and will work with the Matter smart-home automation standard.
The updated Cube controller now works with HomeKit and will work with the Matter smart-home automation standard.
Photo: Aqara

Smart-home accessories maker Aqara unveiled its new Cube T1 Pro Wednesday, an update on its popular wireless Cube controller.

The new cube adds HomeKit and Amazon Alexa support so you can control a range of smart home devices with it.

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Aqara Cube T1 Pro

The updated cube adds a Scene Mode that enables HomeKit and Alexa support and adds new functionality. You can flip it on different sides to activate smart home scenes or devices, in addition to using the cube to initiate actions in the same way as the older version. Scene Mode requires a Zigbee Aqara hub.

The sides include dice-like indicators to help you distinguish them.

Like the first Cube, the Cube T1 Pro fits in the palm of your hand. When set to Action Mode, it recognizes different actions, like push, shake, rotate, flip and tap.

An upcoming wireless update for Scene Mode will allow the Aqara Cube T1 Pro to support Matter via Aqara hubs, the company said.

Aqara said the Cube T1 Pro enables a more intuitive way to control a smart home that includes a Zigbee 3.0 Aqara hub. Here’s its description:

For instance, users can activate the Morning Routine by flipping it to Side 1, and trigger the Home Cinema Scene by flipping it to Side 2. Additionally, it’s now possible within the Aqara Home app to control more than one sets of curtains, roller shades or lights by rotating the new cube. For example, flipping it to Side 3 and rotating the cube to adjust the open percentage of the curtains, and flipping it to Side 4 and rotating to dim the Aqara lights. The versatility of this cube controller allows users to be creative with their smart home setups.

The Cube T1 Pro has a battery life of up to 2 years.

Launch discount

Aqara offers a launch discount of 10% off the new cube’s regular price at Amazon. Customers in the United States and Canada can use  promo code NACUBET1 to get it. People in France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the U.K. can get it with promo code CBT1PROEU.

Both codes can be combined with coupons and are valid through Thursday (Thanksgiving day in the U.S.).

Where to buy: Amazon