The SwitchBot Hub 2 brings Matter assist

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The good dwelling firm SwitchBot, which makes tiny robots that may do issues for you want press switches, turn locks, and open curtains, is introducing a brand new Matter-enabled hub. The $69 SwitchBot Hub 2 arrives in March and can work with all current and new SwitchBot Bluetooth units and allow these units which might be supported by the brand new good dwelling commonplace to work with Matter.

A rendering of the brand new SwitchBot Hub 2, which is able to assist Matter.
Picture: SwitchBot

The Hub 2 retains the Hub Mini’s IR management operate however with an elevated vary over the Mini. It additionally helps dawn / sundown and geo-fencing automations for SwitchBot merchandise and has two buttons on the display screen that may set off scenes or management particular person units.

SwitchBot made its title with the SwitchBot Bot, a small field that attaches to a light-weight change or different button to press it for you mechanically. Its vary of merchandise now features a smart lock, smart curtain, blind controllers, good plugs, and sensors, amongst different units. 

Matter compatibility will allow SwitchBot devices, such as the smart lock and curtain motor, to work in Apple Home.

Matter compatibility will enable SwitchBot units, such because the good lock and curtain motor, to work in Apple Dwelling.
Picture: SwitchBot

Most SwitchBot merchandise are Bluetooth-powered and depend on a hub to connect with the web for out-of-home management, voice assistant compatibility, scheduling, and extra superior automations.

With Matter on board, the brand new Wi-Fi-based SwitchBot Hub can expose current SwitchBot Bluetooth merchandise to Matter platforms — together with Apple Dwelling, Google Dwelling, and Samsung SmartThings. The present hub helps Amazon Alexa, Google Dwelling, Samsung SmartThings, and Siri shortcuts.

Initially, Matter will solely assist a small variety of gadget classes — together with good gentle bulbs, plugs, shades, and locks. SwitchBot says it’ll begin with Matter assist for its good curtain controller in February, with assist for the door lock and Bot coming quickly. SwitchBot additionally introduced that its appropriate Wi-Fi merchandise, which embrace a wise plug, will likely be upgraded to assist Matter instantly sooner or later, with out the necessity for the Hub.

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