Matter holds the potential to transform the smart home industry.
Matter holds the potential to transform the smart home industry with its device certification platform. It serves as a canvas on which developers can deliver smart products to consumers without being too complicated. It’s putting functionality literally in the hands of the mainstream.
Matter has defined a specific set of secure and reliable multiple protocol IP-based networking technologies that enable seamless communication across smart home devices, mobile apps and cloud services. It is delivering an industry-unifying open standard that offers consumers secure interoperability between multiple brands translating into more choices when purchasing connected home devices. Matter also incorporates technologies like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, ethernet and Thread (wireless mesh networking IP), for instance, which was adopted in Google’s Nest and Apple’s HomeKit.
Matter is the glue that is pulling together a fragmented landscape of manufacturers, brands, devices, developers and services into an integrated ecosystem. For developers it simplifies and accelerates bringing products to market and is expected to drive a surge in new smart home products and consumer adoption starting in mid-2022. Matter branded certification will open up new possibilities suited to different lifestyles and new ways of working from home.
Several Smart Home Highlights from CES 2022
Athom’s Homey Bridge and Homey App: This smart home hub, still in beta, connects more than 50,000 devices from over 1,000 brands and features home control, monitoring, automation and energy savings to customize consumer experiences. homey.app/en-us
Casana: Its IoT health monitoring toilet seat called The Heart SeatTM captures clinically relevant measurements including blood pressure, heart rate and oxygen saturation to monitor patient’s remotely at home. casanacare.com
It’s a 5G-enabled mobile personal emergency response system (mPERS). The ultra-small Umbrella™ integrates with Essence’s multi-service cloud and includes built-in fall detection, real-time activity monitoring, two-way voice capabilities and life-saving functions such as panic detection that immediately notifies caregivers. essence-grp.com
Independa Delivers Health Offerings on LG Smart TVs: This telehealth service provides bi-directional video communication connecting older adults with healthcare providers, wellness services and family and friends from their LG Smart TVs. independa.com
Kohler: The Stillness Bath is a multi-sensory experience inspired by Japanese forest bathing. Its H2Wise, powered by Phyn smart water monitors can detect leaks and track household water usage. The PerfectFill system integrates a smart drain and controller to draw a bath to a preset temperature and desired depth. smarthome.kohler.com
Samsung Smart Home Hub: The hub runs the SmartThings service integrating Matter’s IoT-based technology to enable connectivity among Galaxy devices, TVs, family hub appliances and with other brands. One simple home system. smartthings.com
TP-Link AXE200 Omni Router: The TP-Link packs four mechanical antennas that rotate automatically to find the best Wi-Fi connection. tp-link.com
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