Aqara has taken the covers off of its first native Matter machine; the Aqara Door and Window Sensor P2 is a Thread-based machine that can work with any Matter controller.
Aqara has already totally embraced that new Matter sensible dwelling normal with a the likes of the M2 Hub and the brand new Sensible Lock U100 working with Matter, however that is the primary time we have seen a tool from the Chinese language model that does not require you to be already utilizing an Aqara setup and the Aqara app.
Actually, it will probably’t truly exist inside an Aqara system, but, because it requires a Matter controller that can also be a Thread Border Router, reminiscent of an Apple HomePod, Amazon Echo or a SmartThings Hub.
Nonetheless, Aqara does have its personal Matter controller / Thread border router within the works; we’re advised that the M3 Hub will arrive early subsequent 12 months and appears like being the right answer for anybody who already has an array of Aqara’s Zigbee sensors and desires to develop to a Matter system.
Again to the Aqara Door and Window Sensor P2 and it is your normal magnet primarily based sensible dwelling sensor, which can be utilized to set off automations and alerts when its closed / open standing modifications.
Sooner or later, as soon as its paired with that new M3 Hub, it’s going to turn out to be even smarter as there is a button on board that may also be programmed to set off routines and the like, and a tamper characteristic can even go dwell.
The Aqara Door and Window Sensor P2 is on sale now direct from Amazon. It is $29.99 within the US and Â£29.99 within the UK.
Aqara is at present providing a 15% low cost:
â¢ North American shops: USDWP2CA (relevant to Amazon US & Canada)
â¢ European shops: DWSP2UKEU (relevant to Amazon France, Germany, Italy, Spain & UK)
What I feel
You will have learn my op-ed, Matter is a multitude, again in March which acknowledged that Matter actually wanted to make life simpler for shoppers, not more durable.
And whereas Aqara has been fast to leap on board the Matter bandwagon, it has – till this launch – include some caveats, reminiscent of not working with sure sensible dwelling ecosystems or needing s particular Aqara sensible dwelling hub to get the whole lot working inside a Matter setup.
The Aqara Door and Window Sensor P2 factors to a cleaner Matter expertise, one the place a tool works out of the field, it doesn’t matter what digital assistant or Matter controller you utilize.
And that is actually the entire level of Matter.