On a recent Internet of Things Podcast episode, we took a question on our Voicemail hotline from Sam. Given all of the recent Matter news, Sam is wondering if there are any smoke detectors that support Matter right now. It’s a good question because some people aren’t clear about what the first device types will support.
Unfortunately, smoke and carbon dioxide detectors aren’t in the first bunch of supported device types. That’s not likely to change for quite a while either.
We reached out to First Alert, for example, and it didn’t have any support plans to announce. However, there already are working groups for new device types, including smoke and CO2 detectors. So give it time.
If you think about the Matter launch that just happened, it’s understandable.
This is Matter 1.0, or the very first implementation of the new connected device specification. Device certifications require time, effort, and money. Most of the Matter partners are focused first on a smooth launch and transition, which is essentially the state we’re in right now. And the first device types are those that have a large, widespread user base. Think of the basics such as light bulbs, switches, and outlets. Aside from being the most used and deployed, these are among the simplest of smart home products.
Once we get over the initial hump of this transition, other supported device types will follow. Stacey has information from many of the Matter partner brands here that explains what the devices are and when to expect full Matter support. Unfortunately for Sam, smoke detectors just aren’t high on the priority list right now. The focus is more likely to turn toward sensors, locks, and smoke detectors as there’s more demand for such connected products.
I’d also note that most of the first Matter devices will be one-time purchases: A connected bulb or outlet, for example, should last as long as you live in your home. Smoke detectors are on a more regular upgrade cadence as it’s recommended you swap them out every ten years or so. As a result, many homeowners have relatively new smoke detectors and will be waiting to upgrade them to a newer connected version.
To hear Sam’s question in full, as well as our discussion on the topic, tune in to the Internet of Things Podcast below: