The smart home company Eve continues the transition to Thread this week with the release of the second generation of the motion sensor. A wireless sensor that works over Thread and Bluetooth Low Energy, Eve Motion is the first stand-alone motion sensor to use the wireless Thread protocol, which is a mainstay of the new Matter standard for smart homes.
Today, the motion sensor will work with Apple HomeKit to trigger automations such as turning on connected smart lights or opening smart window screens. But when Matter arrives later this year, Eve says the motion sensor and all of Eve’s Thread-based products will receive an over-the-air firmware update to be compatible with Matter. This will open 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 predecessor which only has Bluetooth. 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 means faster response time and lower waiting time. I have tested Eve’s Door & Window sensors in both Bluetooth and Thread versions, and the difference in response times was significant – from 3 to 4 seconds to well under a second. It is probably the same here, but we will test the sensor and will 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). Eve Motion is available today from the Eve online store and will hit Amazon and Apple stores later this year.
The sensor runs on two AAA batteries instead of two AA batteries, which means that it is significantly smaller than its predecessor, with a height of 2.56 inches. Interestingly, the second-generation model adds a brightness sensor to monitor changes in ambient light, so you can set up automations to respond to available light. It is also designed to work with Eve’s MotionBlinds to adjust the blind’s levels according to the brightness of the room. Eve Motion is IPX3-rated, so it can be used outdoors in temperatures 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 later) to control it from outside your home. When Matter arrives, it will work with other ecosystems, but will require a wire boundary route for communication outside the home.
HomePod Mini and Apple TV 4K (second generation) are wire-edge routers, as are most Eero Wi-Fi routers. Amazon and Google have announced that the Echo smart speaker (fourth generation) and Nest Hub Max and Nest Hub (second generation) will be upgraded to wire boundary routes later this year.
This is Eve’s 14th Thread-enabled product release as it continues its commitment to embrace the new wireless protocol specifically designed for smart home devices. The company currently offers Thread versions of its Eve Energy smart plug, Eve Room air quality monitor, Eve Door & Window sensor, Eve MotionBlinds, Eve Weather station, Eve Aqua hose controller and Eve Water Guard leak detector. In Europe, Eve also has a smart light switch and radiator valve that uses Thread.