Most people at least check the weather before they go, while others gustle The Weather Channel over their morning coffee. Now there’s another option: a HomeKit-powered smart weather station called Eve Weather.
Eve Weather makes it easy to track outdoor temperature, humidity and barometric pressure on your smartphone or via a screen. 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.
Eve Weather tracks changes in temperature, humidity and barometric pressure over time. This allows you to monitor your local weather trends. You can break down the data by day, month, or year in the Eve app. If you are a gardener, this information is invaluable in determining what your local microclimate looks like.
The Eve Weather is IPX3 certified, so it can withstand moderate exposure to the elements – do not spray it directly with the garden hose. It has an operating range of 0 degrees Fahrenheit to 130 degrees Fahrenheit, and the battery is easily replaced if it breaks.
It doesn’t require a gateway and it’s easy to set up with the included Quick Start Guide that shows you how to connect Eve Weather to your overall system. Eve Weather uses Thread, a new technology designed to improve connectivity between accessories. HomeKit products can use Thread, in addition to Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, to create a mesh network that ensures a strong connection between your multiple devices.
In addition to Eve Weather, the Eve Aqua Smart Water Controller and Eve Energy Smart Router both gain Thread support. This means that even if one device fails, the other accessories in the mesh will take over and maintain a stable connection.
The more accessories you add, the more reliable the network becomes. Adding Thread to HomeKit accessories gives the platform something the competition lacks and gives people more reason to consider HomeKit, rather than Alexa or Google.