In a move to unify smart home devices, Apple, Google and Amazon have teamed up with other tech companies to make the home networks more universal and user-friendly. The tech majors have collaborated to sponsor Matter -- an alliance that certifies smart home devices by placing its logo on them as an indication, CNET reported. The Matter logo will look like three round-tipped arrows all pointing towards the center. Any smart home device such as Amazon Alexa-responding smart light bulb or Google Home-monitored video doorbell with the logo means they are Matter-certified. Through certifying smart home devices, the alliance aims to make the technology widely accepted because it is easier to develop.
The ideal smart home seamlessly anticipates your needs and instantly responds to commands. You shouldn't have to open a specific app for each appliance or remember the precise voice command and voice assistant combination that starts the latest episode of your favorite podcast on the nearest speaker. Competing smart home standards make operating your devices needlessly complicated. Tech giants try to straddle standards by offering their voice assistants as a controlling layer on top, but Alexa can't talk to Google Assistant or Siri or control Google or Apple devices, and vice versa. And so far, no single ecosystem has created all the best devices.
As companies unveil their new smart home devices at the 2022 CES tech show, underway now in Las Vegas, much of the hype involves Matter, an open-source connectivity standard built around a shared belief that smart home devices should seamlessly integrate with other systems and be secure and reliable. If you like devices, you are probably among the 66% of households that have smart home devices, according to Deloitte. We also know you don't just stick with one company or brand, but probably have purchased from at least half a dozen different companies. That's why for any company launching a smart home device this year, having Matter support will be helpful. Not only is the protocol being developed by some of the biggest tech companies -- think Apple, Amazon and Google -- and smart home device makers, it is designed to finally fix the issues around fragmented smart home systems so that all of your devices can be easily set up and routed from one place.
Google plans to finally launch its new smart home industry standard called Matter this fall. Devices will all connect quickly and easily using Fast Pair and the platform will support a variety of voice assistants and networking protocols. Those include Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri as well as WiFi, Thread and Bluetooth LE. While Fast Pair feature has been used for headphones and audio gear, the company is working to use it for more things, including syncing lightbulbs and smart plugs with Android and Nest devices. You'll be able to scan a code with your phone to get things rolling, which should be quicker and easier than the current method for adding new gear to your arsenal.
Jul 19, 2021According to the Zigbee Alliance, 2020 was a record-breaking year for Zigbee technology-based Internet of Things (IoT) devices, with more than 560 such devices certified, representing an increase of approximately 30 percent from the year prior. More than half a billion Zigbee chipsets have been sold to date, with nearly four billion expected to be shipped by 2023. In light of that growth, the Zigbee Alliance has changed its name to the Connectivity Standards Alliance (CSA), in order to reflect the many related IoT technologies it represents. In addition, the organization is offering a new standard brand name, Matter, formerly known to the industry as Project Connected Home over IP (CHIP), which serves as the application layer for IoT technology. The newly developed Matter mark provide a seal of approval, the Alliance reports, assuring users that any object built on this standard will be compatible, reliable and secure.