Smart home company Eve continues its transition to Thread this week with the release of the second generation of its motion sensor. A wireless sensor that works via Thread and Bluetooth Low Energy, the eve movement is the first standalone motion sensor to use the Thread wireless protocol, which is a pillar of the new Matter smart home standard.
Today, the motion sensor works with Apple HomeKit to trigger automations, such as turning on connected smart lights or opening smart blinds. But when Matter arrives later this year, Eve says the motion sensor and all of Eve’s Thread-based products will receive a wireless firmware update to be compatible with Matter. This opens up the device to other Matter ecosystems, including Google Home, Amazon Alexa, and Samsung SmartThings.
With Thread on board, this motion sensor should be significantly faster than its Bluetooth-only predecessor. Thread is a mesh network that allows devices to communicate directly with each other instead of having to talk to a hub or bridge to receive commands. This translates into faster response time and lower latency. I’ve tested Eve’s Door & Window sensors in both Bluetooth and Thread versions, and the difference in response times has been significant – ranging from 3 to 4 seconds to well under a second. It’s probably the same here, but we’ll test the sensor and report back.
The new Eve Motion costs $39.95, which is $10 less than the previous version and its closest competitor, the Philips Hue motion sensor (which uses Zigbee and also monitors the temperature). The Eve Motion is available from today at the Eve online store and is coming to Amazon and Apple stores later this year.
The sensor runs on two AAA batteries instead of two AA batteries, meaning it’s significantly smaller than its predecessor, measuring 2.56 inches tall. Interestingly, the second-generation model adds a brightness sensor to monitor changes in ambient light, allowing you to set up automations to respond to available light. It’s also designed to work with Eve’s MotionBlinds to adjust the levels of the blinds to match the brightness of the room. Eve Motion has an IPX3 rating, so it can be used outdoors in temperatures ranging from 0 to 130 degrees Fahrenheit.
Today, you need an iPhone or iPad to set up and control Eve Motion and a HomePod or Apple TV (fourth generation or newer) to control it from the outside. When Matter arrives, it will work with other ecosystems, but will require a Thread boundary router for outdoor communication.
The HomePod Mini and Apple TV 4K (2nd generation) are Thread border routers, as are most Eero Wi-Fi routers. Amazon and Google have announced that the Echo smart speaker (4th generation) and Nest Hub Max and Nest Hub (2nd generation) will be upgraded to Thread border routers later this year.
This is Eve’s 14th Thread-enabled product release as it continues its commitment to embrace the new wireless protocol designed specifically for smart home devices. The company currently offers Thread versions of its Eve Energy smart plug, Eve Room air quality monitor, Eve door and window sensor, Eve MotionBlinds, Eve Weather Station, Eve Aqua hose controller, and Eve Water Watch leak detector. In Europe, Eve also has a smart light switch and radiator valve that use Thread.