The new Matter smart home standard was launched to device makers back in October, and more details were shared with consumers two weeks ago. Now, smart home accessory maker Meross has unveiled one of the first Matter devices you can actually order, a new smart Wi-Fi plug that works with Matter out of the box…
The new Wi-Fi smart plug from Meross is one of the first smart home accessories you can order specifically designed to work with Matter, as demonstrated by The Corr. It even has a fancy Matter logo on the front so you can distinguish it from other unrelated smart home products you may already own.
Some smart home device manufacturers plan to update existing Matter-supported devices with software updates, but those updates have not begun to roll out generally. Eve, for example, will begin rolling out Matter software updates in December. Halloween will then make Content-certified products available at retail in Q1 of 2023.
As it stands today, the two main platforms that support Matter accessories are Apple’s Home app and Samsung SmartThings. Support for other platforms is expected in the coming months, with Amazon’s promised updates starting later this year.
You can order the new Meross Wi-Fi smart plug with Matter support starting today. The accessory will retail for $50 for two plugs, but the company is offering a 50% discount for early adopters. This means you can get two Content-certified smart plugs for $25. The first orders will start shipping on December 31st.
While Matter is still relatively limited in scope, the biggest benefit of buying a device with out-of-the-box support is longevity. As more platforms begin to support Matter, you know that those platforms will also support a product certified to the standard.
Over 280 companies are members of the Matter group, including big names like Apple, Amazon, and Google. The initial release of Matter will support some of the most popular categories of smart home accessories: lighting and electrical, HVAC controls, window coverings and shades, safety and security sensors, door locks, media devices including TVs, controllers as both devices and applications . , and bridges.
The Matter standard could be a big help for smart home adoption and popularity. It works by bringing accessories cross-platform capabilities without as much overhead as before. Whether or not this will be the case remains to be seen, but we’ll learn more in the coming months.
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