Most people at least glance at the weather before they head out, while others binge-watch The Weather Channel over their morning coffee. There is now another option: A HomeKit-powered smart weather station called Eve Weather.
Eve Weather makes it simple to track the outdoor temperature, humidity, and barometric pressure either on your smart phone or through a display. You can also ask Siri what the temperature is, and rather than pulling from a website, Siri will respond based on what your personal weather station says. This provides a much more accurate reading and gives you a better idea of how to dress for the day.
The Eve Weather tracks temperature, humidity, and barometric pressure changes over time. This allows you to monitor trends in your local weather. You can break the data down by day, month, or year in the Eve app. If you’re a gardener, this information is invaluable for figuring out what your local microclimate is like.
The Eve Weather is IPX3-certified, so it can withstand moderate exposure to the elements — just don’t spray it down directly with the garden hose. It has an operating range of 0 degrees Fahrenheit to 130 degrees Fahrenheit, and the battery is easily replaceable if it breaks.
It requires no gateway, and set up is simple thanks to the included Quick Start Guide that shows you how to connect Eve Weather to your overall system. Eve Weather runs off Thread, a new technology designed to improve connectivity between accessories. HomeKit products can utilize Thread, in addition to Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, to create a mesh network that ensures a solid connection between your multiple devices.
In addition to Eve Weather, the Eve Aqua smart water controller and Eve Energy smart router are both gaining Thread support. This means that even if one device fails, the other accessories in the mesh will pick up the slack and maintain a steady connection.
The more accessories you add, the more reliable the network becomes. The addition of Thread to HomeKit accessories gives the platform something the competition lacks and gives people more reason to consider HomeKit, rather than Alexa or Google.
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