Home monitoring has become more and more sophisticated and comprehensive. In days gone by, we used to periodically check the thermometer and hygrometer to make sure that our thermostat and humidifier. Today, we have incredible devices to continually monitor these and more so we can live smarter by knowing more about our home, the place we care about most.
With Eve Room, the wireless sensor from Elgato, I can now see my home at a glance, right on my iPhone or iPad (Bluetooth links with only one at a time). Eve senses indoor air quality, temperature, and humidity. Eve Room is powered by a sophisticated sensor analyzing volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Air quality can vary based on many factors, and Eve Room goes beyond CO₂ by analyzing substances that directly affect my well-being. I can actually see my home at a glance, and view beautiful and informative graphs by day, month or year about each of these factors.
Setup of this device was quick and easy. First, I installed the batteries (included), then downloaded the free app, entered into the app the ID number on the back of the unit, and I was ready to place it in a convenient place (our living room). Eve connects directly to my iPhone or iPad using Bluetooth 4.0 Smart technology, without requiring a hub, gateway or bridge. I can even ask Siri on my linked iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to ask for temperature or humidity, which she immediately reports back to me. This data is shared via iCloud to all devices using the same Apple ID, and guests can be invited to view it too.
Elgato’s Eve hardware accessories work with Apple HomeKit technology to gather data on air quality, temperature, humidity, air pressure, energy consumption and more. HomeKit technology on iOS 9 takes “connected home” even further, and provides advanced security with end-to-end encryption and authentication. Guest Access is now available, and with a free updates coming to Eve, I can take advantage of Automatic Scenes and Bluetooth Range Extenders. The Eve family has been carefully designed to seamlessly blend into any home environment. I can even access Eve when I’m not home because it communicates with my Apple TV 4 (requires at least a 3rd generation version).
Eve requires an iPhone 4S or later, iPad (3rd generation) or later, iPad Air, iPad mini with iOS 9 or later, all of which can use the free Elgato Eve app. HomeKit requires an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 8.1 or later. Its temperature measures 32°F - 130°F, 5% - 95% humidity, and air quality bad - excellent. It is powered by three AA replaceable batteries, and is sized at 3.1” x 3.1” x 1.3” and very light weight.
Eve Home is available for $79.95 at elgato.com/eve. Other related devices in this family also include Eve Weather ($49.95), and Eve Door & Window ($39.95). I’ve used Elgato products for many years, which have always been very functional and high quality. The Eve family of products continues this excellent tradition, and will work with many other HomeKit devices.