With CES having officially begun this weekend, we’re already seeing a wide range of notable new products. Turning our attention specifically to the smart home, the folks over at Elgato have kicked things off this week by unveiling 2 new HomeKit-enabled devices. Eve’s Button introduces a new way to control connected accessories and the second generation Room upgrades its predecessor with enhanced sensors and an improved E-ink display.
Elgato is by no means a stranger when it comes to smart home devices sporting HomeKit compatibility, having already amassed a sizable lineup of sensors, outlets and more. And just last night, the veteran accessory maker has bolstered its lineup with two new devices, the Eve Button and Room.
The more familiar of the two releases is the Eve Room, an indoor air quality, temperature and humidity sensor that sports a nifty E-ink display. A lot has changed this time around compared to Elgato’s previous release of the all-in-one sensor. The Room now boasts a form-factor nearly identical to the Eve Degree thermometer. This includes the anodized aluminum casing as well as the more notable inclusion of the low power display.
And just like other Eve devices as well as its previous generation, Room works without a hub and is battery-powered. Elgato’s Room sensor will be available for purchase come March at a $99.95 price tag. At just $20 more than its previous version, Elgato adds in more accurate sensors alongside the new E-ink display and form-factor.
Elgato has also brought a new HomeKit remote to CES, with the unveiling of its new Eve Button. The remote sports the same sleek design as the new Eve Room and can activate up to three different HomeKit scenes upon a single, double or long press.
It communicates over Bluetooth Low Energy and lacks the necessity of an external hub. At a sub-$50 price point, the Eve Button is now available for preorder, with an expected shipping data of January 16th.
Images posted on Weibo claim to show an iPhone 6 under testing at Foxconn, via GforGames. The validity of these images cannot be confirmed, but the shots do line up with previous rumours. The iPhone 6 depicted here has a protruding camera (similar to the current design of the iPod touch), rounded edges and a considerably thinner profile than the current iPhone 5s.
Supposedly, these photos come from inside Foxconn itself. Drawings published on Friday reflect these images somewhat. A protruding camera component is part of the schematics, for example. Evidence of a thin chassis for the next-generation iPhone were originally found in January, albeit those pictures were as sketchy as these latest images.
Fake or not, the rumor mill is definitely converging on an iPhone design that melds together the aesthetics of the iPad mini and the current iPhone 5s with a screen much larger than the current lineup, with screen sizes expected in the 4.7inch and 5.5inch range as reported many times before.
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Both of Elgato’s recently unveiled HomeKit devices are compatible with the Eve application, as well as Apple’s own Home app. Having personally used the Eve Degree for some time now, I can’t wait to get my hands on both of these new releases.
MUNICH / SAN FRANCISCO – January 8, 2018 – Elgato today announces Eve Button, a practical and pretty controller for HomeKit scenes and devices. Sporting a clean design and an elegant aluminum housing with curved contours, Eve Button will activate up to three HomeKit scenes upon a single, double, or long press. Controlling lighting and powering on appliances becomes accessible to everyone in the house. Eve Button seamlessly plugs into any HomeKit setup. Installation via Apple Home or the Eve app is a matter of a few minutes as there’s no bridge or third party cloud service to configure. Eve Button is available immediately for USD $49.95 from Elgato and Amazon and will become available in the Apple Store later this month.
San Francisco, CA – January 8, 2018 – Elgato today announced its second generation of Eve Room, an indoor sensor with HomeKit technology that tracks air quality, temperature and humidity. Built upon the latest sensor technology from market-leading Swiss manufacturer Sensirion, Eve Room now features an E-Ink display, a built-in battery that can be charged via any USB power source, and an elegant aluminum housing with curved contours. And like all Eve products, the sensor works right out of the box, eliminating the need to spend extra on a bridge device or starter pack. Eve Room will be available in March 2018 for USD $99.95.