CES 2022 was just around the close of the year, and one of its most important announcements included the Matter. It’s an open-source smart home standard that was first introduced during CES 2022. The goal of the project was to create a standard that would allow every smart home gadget to work seamlessly.
The project was announced at CES 2020 and was dubbed Connected Home Over IP (CHIP). The scope of the project was so large that many within the field believed that it wouldn’t ever happen. After two years all smart home devices featured on the show were a part of Matter.
Matter Smart Home Standard Benefits
Future smart home devices that are compatible with Matter will seamlessly integrate no matter what the brand. You can utilize any device that supports smart home with Matter’s app, or with your favorite voice assistants, such as Alexa, Cortana, or Siri.
There’s no indication if Matter will be backward-compatible with the gadgets we have at the moment. However, alliances such as HCA from the tech industry are pushing old home appliances to be able to move to the IoT of the future. In order for Matter to function, we shouldn’t abandon the old devices for smart homes behind.
There’s a chance of firmware updates to smart home devices However, it is quite the challenge. The launch of Matter is scheduled for June 2022.
Companies that offer support for Matter Smart Home
Amazon has announced that device makers will now be able to easily install Matter in their gadgets. Google is making similar announcements by introducing the Fast Pair for built-in support for Matter.
At present over 30 appliance manufacturers have shown their commitment to Matter. The Matter is supported by the Connectivity Standards Alliance which counts around 222 companies among its members. They include major tech giants like Apple, Google, Amazon, Samsung, and others.
What kinds of devices will Matter will be able to
In the beginning, Matter will support a range of intelligent home appliances. The matter will add additional devices to its libraries with future updates and include cameras.
- Products for smart lighting (plugs, switches, bulbs, etc.)
- Door locks
- HVAC controllers
- Shades and blinds
- Security sensors for homes
- Garage door controllers
- Bridges and wireless access points
- Streaming video players
- Appliances for the home
- Robot vacuums
- Products for managing energy (solar panels and EV chargers Home battery packs)
- Cameras for security (in coming updates)
New and existing devices that matter support
The following devices are compatible with Thread which is one of the primary protocols used by Matter. A few of the new devices featuring Thread support will be launched in the near future, along with the launch of the Matter smart home standard.
- Newer Amazon Echo devices
- Every Apple gadgets running on the most recent OS
- Google Nest devices
- Samsung Home Hub
- Aqara M2 as well M1S, a smart home hubs
- Veea STAX smart Hub
- Arlo Home Security System
- Nest Hello and Yale Smart Lock
- Schlage Encode Plus lock
- Wemo Smart Plug, Wemo Smart Light Switch and Wemo Smart Dimmer
- Cync A19 color bulb and light strip
- Nanoleaf lighting panels