The SwitchBot Hub 2 doubles as a temperature and humidity sensor

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SwitchBot began out with a easy premise. As a substitute of making units with smarts built-in and thus competing with all the best sensible dwelling merchandise on the market, the corporate targeted on making home equipment and buttons that exist already in your own home sensible, with its button-pressing robotic lending the corporate its title. SwitchBot has since expanded into different classes and provides an entire ecosystem. Throughout CES 2023, the corporate introduced the brand new SwitchBot Hub 2, which provides one other dimension to its merchandise: Matter help.

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In case you’ve got been residing below a rock, Matter is a brand new sensible dwelling normal that launched in November 2022. It guarantees to convey collectively all your sensible dwelling units utilizing a standard set of communication guidelines. Which means that you not have to fret about which platforms a product helps, since Google Dwelling, Amazon Alexa, and Apple HomeKit all help (or will help) Matter. SwitchBot needs to affix this get together with the Hub 2, making all of its linked Bluetooth units Matter suitable, and thus controllable by voice assistants and a number of telephones.

The corporate is taking a gradual method with Matter, although, with the primary gadget to help Matter being the SwitchBot Curtain. It’s going to get Matter compatibility through an OTA replace in February, when the SwitchBot Hub 2 is meant to launch.

The SwitchBot Hub 2 and the SwitchBot Curtain on each Google Dwelling and Apple HomeKit

The SwitchBot Hub 2 goes past its performance as a hub for the corporate’s merchandise. Like different such merchandise in SwitchBot’s lineup, it additionally comes with an infrared interface, permitting you to make a couple of extra units sensible, like your older TV or your remote-controlled air conditioner. It moreover provides an LED show that reveals you the temperature and humidity, which you can even learn out remotely.

On the entrance, the SwitchBot Hub 2 provides two scene buttons, which might be personalized by way of the SwitchBot app. They are often programmed to set off a customized setup or quite a few actions to your sensible dwelling, or used as a single shortcut for a tool you’ve got acquired linked.

Because the title implies, the Hub 2 is not SwitchBot’s first rodeo. The corporate presently additionally provides the SwitchBot Hub Mini, which provides a lot of the identical performance minus the temperature-related options and Matter. It is unclear if the corporate goes to convey Matter to the Hub Mini or if there are {hardware} limitations that make that unattainable — an issue many different producers are additionally operating into with older {hardware}.