We are still in the middle of the summer slump and the news around Matter and Apple HomeKit is limited. Instead, we hope that you can enjoy the summer and, as usual, we summarize the news of the last seven days in our weekly roundup.
USB radio stick from Bosch enables compatibility with older devices
Bosch enables the transition from the first to the second generation of the smart home controller through a new radio stick, which is available for around 100€. This stick allows to connect old devices running on 868 MHz frequency with the new controller, which otherwise supports only Zigbee 3.0.
Customers can purchase this stick through their account and, if they return their old controller, receive a €20 voucher for the Bosch online store. It should be noted, however, that not all devices connected to the Bosch Smart Home Controller II will also be displayed in HomeKit. Which devices are available in HomeKit can be looked up in HomeDevices.
Anker presents new dual camera Eufy S350
Anker is developing a new security camera under the Eufy brand, the Eufy Security Indoor Cam S350, equipped with not one but two integrated cameras. The pan and tilt security camera is operated via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5.2 and powered via USB-C.
The benefits and advantages of this dual camera are still unclear, as is whether there will be native HomeKit support. The available information is still scarce at the moment.
Mediola releases Matter multi-protocol bridge
Mediola, a specialist in smart home components, announces the world’s first Matter multi-protocol bridge. The bridge is designed to integrate devices from all providers into smart home installations, even if they rely on manufacturer-specific protocols and wouldn’t normally be able to communicate with the new Matter standard.
The bridge is not offered directly to end customers, but is offered to manufacturers of technical building equipment (TGA) as an OEM product. It remains unclear whether a single bridge is sufficient to integrate all protocols supported by Mediola, or whether only specific radio protocols and devices from OEM vendors are integrated.