Eve: outdoor camera and smart roller blinds for HomeKit

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New hardware from Eve Systems: The German-American HomeKit specialist has presented several fresh products for CES 2022. This is the company’s second camera and a HomeKit-controllable motor for smart window coverings manufactured by Coulisse.

the Eve Outdoor Cam joins the already well-known Eve Cam for interiors from 2020. The new device is intended exclusively for HomeKit Secure Video and is certified according to protection class IP55, i.e. it is splash-proof and dust-proof. An “extra powerful” floodlight is built in next to the camera and can be activated automatically. There is infrared motion detection over 100 degrees (up to 9 meters at 2.5 meters installation height) and a regular 157-degree field of view of the camera.

As usual with HomeKit Secure Video, the video material is encrypted and stored or played on Apple’s server. For this you need at least one paid iCloud + storage plan with 50 GB. The Eve Outdoor Cam only records H.264 video with 1080p at 24fps, more resolution is not possible. A two-way communication system (loudspeaker, microphone) is integrated. HomeKit recognizes people, vehicles, animals or parcel deliveries using AI. The camera can be aligned using a three-axis joint. The price is 250 euros, 100 euros more than the Eve Cam, and delivery begins in April.

Roller blinds with Eve technology.

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The second new product from Eve Systems is a motor for window coverings, the so-called MotionBlinds. The actual hardware, i.e. the roller blind, comes from the partner Coulisse. The system will through Coulisse resellers and is initially intended for custom-made roller blinds. The motor is rechargeable via USB-C, so it works with a battery. Gateways or bridges are not necessary.

In addition to regular Bluetooth, the motors, which have a HomeKit QR code for direct integration into Apple HomeKit networks, also support the faster Smart Home communication standard Thread, which Eve Systems is installing in more and more devices. In the future, this should also support the cross-product ecosystem Matter.

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