We tried Matter for the first time late last week, and have a lot to share with our listeners about what we and other journalists learned through the process. The early verdict is that most people should not update for a while because the process is tedious at best and downright frustrating at worst. But if you want to update, we provide tips. Then we focus on a story about iRobot’s Roomba vacuums that shows how a larger ecosystem of tech partners are taking device data and potentially sharing it in places consumers wouldn’t be comfortable with. Next up, we cover the acquisition of Notion by Pepper IoT, which wants to help insurers build policies around the smart home. We also cover some news bits such as an Amazon employee becoming the new chairman of Z-Wave Alliance, delays for the next generation of Raspberry Pi hardware, and further updates on the Eufy camera security snafus. We conclude the first segment of the show by answering a listener question about how far apart Thread devices should be in the home.
Our guest this week is Stefan Witkamp, the commercial director at Athom, the company behind the Homey smart home hub. Witkamp explains Honey’s privacy-focused smart home hub and the plan to launch the latest generation of the Homey Pro hub at CES. This will be the first time Homey is available in the U.S. after six and half years of availability for the original Homey hub in Europe. Homey Pro has all of the radios that a smart home needs, including Thread and IR. For listeners who care about privacy, Witkamp explains how Athom created a business model that allows the company to respect user privacy. This means the $399 pro version of the hub is more expensive than other options on the market, and the cheaper version comes with a monthly subscription. We talk about what it costs to keep a home hub running and how investors can push a company to choose alternative business models. Enjoy the show.
Lawrence K says
I did find it hilarious that Eve that has been homekit exclusive would release their upgrades knowing that people would need an android phone and nest hub to get it recommissioned as a Matter device before getting it back to homekit.
I have always used an Amazon Fire tablet for “android” app requirements. But I have not been able to use that to recommission my eve products with my nest hub, or apple home. The Eve app can’t even connect to them to do anything.
My Hue bridge though seems to work but haven’t been able to get it to pair to Google, Alexa, or Smartthings. It works only with Homeassistant and Apple Home.
Lawrie Lee says
I had no issues updating an eve motion and an eve energy Australia. Just followed the procedure sent by eve.
From: Lawrie Lee
Sent: Tuesday, December 20, 2022 7:42 PM
To: Eve Early Access Program
Subject: Matter upgrade successful on Eve Motion and Eve Energy Australia
No issues at all. Very painless.🥰
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So burned out on Home Automation. What a mess. I can’t think of another class of tech that has unfailingly disappointed for so many years.
I’m all for government staying out of the way of innovation but I wish they could incentivize coordination amongst the key players. (Same goes for self-driving cars). The corporate self-interest always ends up shooting the consumer in the foot. Every time.