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Eve Motion (motion and light sensor)
Smart Home Gadgets are often delivered with so much plastic packaging that the yellow bin groans on its knees. What is noticeable when unpacking Eve devices is that the company largely relies on cardboard. Of course, the last little bags and protective foils have to disappear at some point, but compared to all the smart home products I’ve tested so far, Eve clearly scores plus points here.
The devices are excellently made and so much in advance: they all work cleanly and reliably. During the test, there were no disconnections, nor did one of the smart home helpers refuse to work.
The necessary installation material is included, instructions are available in multiple languages in paper form and digitally in the Eve app. Adhesive strips for attachment to doors, windows or walls are stable and can be removed without leaving any residue.
For the For the test, I integrated the smart socket Eve Energy, the smart weather station Eve Weather, the wireless contact sensor Eve Door & Window and the smart irrigation controller Eve Aqua into a thread network with two Apple HomePod Minis. The whole thing was set up via an iPhone with iOS 15.5.
Setting up is quick and easy. With the iPhone you scan a QR code attached to the device and HomeKit sets it up. The thread network builds itself up independently in the background and can be stretched over long distances via the individual devices. The communication between the devices always remained stable over several floors and into the garden. It is controlled via iPhone, HomePod Mini or Apple TV.
The design of the Eve app is reduced and therefore clear. Only setting up automations is a bit cumbersome compared to Aqara or the Alexa routines, since I first have to create a timer in the automation menu and then assign it in the respective device menu. Otherwise all functions are exactly where you are looking for them.
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Voice control via Siri works properly, but sometimes there was a minimal delay compared to control on the iPhone. In contrast to Alexa and Co, however, Eve and HomeKit are less data-hungry. According to the manufacturers, no data is sent to an external cloud. Everything you do is processed locally on the devices.
window and door sensors consist of two parts that need to be close together when fitted to measure movement when opening or closing. For example, one part is attached to the door, the second is glued to the door frame at the same height.
The small sensor of Eve Door & Window can be increased with a clever plug connection. | Image: Eve Systems / MIXED
If the door is rather expansive, these sensors often fail because of their dimensions. The piece on the door frame no longer reaches its movable counterpart on the door. The Eve Door & Window sensor uses a clever plug-in system that allows the small sensor part to become higher by connecting several small plastic pads.
This means it can also reach overhanging doors his sensor buddy. Anyone who does not need the plug connections has a handful of plastic waste lying around in the drawer. Advantages and disadvantages are often close together.
Eve Weather is a compact, smart outdoor weather station with a design reminiscent of early iPhone models. On the small display you can see the temperature, humidity and a 10-hour weather trend that the device is based on the measured changes calculated from the air pressure. All readings are collected and can be accessed as detailed records via HomeKit and the Eve app.
You can use this to see which week had the hottest temperatures of the year on your terrace. The small station cuts a good figure standing and on the wall and the display can still be seen even in direct sunlight. If you’re not within reach, just ask Apple’s voice assistant Siri.
Eve Energy: Smart socket with consumption meter
Smart adapter plugs require some space due to their design. So before you buy it, make sure you have it where you want to use it. The smart socket Eve Energy measures a compact 5.6 x 5.6 cm, but protrudes almost four centimeters from the wall socket. The counterpart from Aqara has similar dimensions. Other manufacturers such as Teckin save 1.5 centimeters in depth, but are significantly wider and higher.
The big advantage of Eve Energy is the comprehensive analysis of power consumption and your own economy thanks to Thread. In the Eve app you have an overview of the current and total consumption and can display the previous costs and have the estimated annual costs forecast.
Eve Motion: motion sensor for indoors and outdoors
The motion and light sensor Eve Motion is waterproof according to the IPX3 standard and can therefore also be used outdoors. He takes movement in a 120-degree field of view true up to nine meters away. It also measures the brightness in the area.
With the light sensor you can, for example, create automations that are linked to sunrise or sunset. If you integrate Eve Motion into a thread network with HomePod mini or Apple TV 4K, the sensor can send you a message to your iPhone as soon as it registers movement.
Scenes, automations and notifications are executed quickly and reliably. In the test, I connected an electric pet drinking fountain to Eve Energy and paired it with the motion sensor. There s water began to bubble without delay as soon as the dog went to the well. A connected bedside lamp also activated Eve Motion in combination with Eve Energy immediately when there was movement.
Also in front of Garden does not stop at Eve and HomeKit. You simply screw the smart Eve Aqua watering control between the tap and the garden hose. The thread is made of plastic, but seems robust. There were no leaks during the test and the regulator worked reliably.
In the center of the device is a simple switch that you use to control the flow of water . Of course, this also works on the go via the iPhone or by voice command to Siri. In the Eve app you can create detailed watering plans and read the water consumption.
Eve & HomeKit : Fast, faster, thread?
The smart socket Eve Energy is incredibly fast. Thanks to Thread, she switches to her smartphone at the thought of a tap of her finger. There is also no noticeable delay between input and execution on the other tested Eve devices. Bluetooth connections cannot keep up and WLAN is also having a hard time. Only ZigBee is on a comparable level.
Thread’s benefits are obvious: It is more energy efficient than WiFi and, unlike ZigBee, does not require a bridge to create a mesh network. Only a border router in the form of an Apple HomePod Mini is required for communication. So you have to be in the Apple ecosystem to be able to use Eve – for now.
The Thread radio standard built into Eve devices will also play an important role in the upcoming Matter universal smart home language. Matter is the first uniform industry standard for networking smart home devices and ensures, among other things, secure connectivity of all supported devices, no matter which system you use. In the future, you can also control Eve devices with a thread-enabled Google Nest Hub 2.
You can read more about Matter in our interview with Eve CEO Jerome Gackel, our info guide on Matter and the overview of which devices will support Matter in the future.
Conclusion to Eve Systems in HomeKit
Eve Systems delivers excellently processed smart home devices with well thought-out functions. The detailed measurements and forecasts of electricity or water consumption are useful in view of rising energy costs.
The thread network runs fast, stable and without cloud connection.
Eve can pay for the many advantages. Devices from the German manufacturer cost a little more. However, the surcharge compared to the competition is justified in terms of workmanship, performance and protection of privacy.
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