Matter could solve smart homes biggest problem
- Illustration: Aïda Amer/AxiosThe halcyon day when all our smart home devices talk to one another — and reduce our energy bills — took a giant step forward Thursday with the introduction of Matter, a widely-backed connectivity standard.
- 💡 Bonus: Matter might be "good news for your energy bill," said Sitao Ma of Schneider Electric, which sells a smart home energy management system.Yes, but: As Axios managing editor for technology Scott Rosenberg put it, "you never know when these standards are going to take off or flop."
- 🔌 State of play: On the product side, Amazon — for one — says it'll have "17 different Echo devices, plugs, switches and bulbs with Android setup" working with Matter in December.What they're saying: "This is a major inflection point for the IoT," Richardson added.
- "This will enable use cases and experiences that — I kid you not — we can't even imagine today," added Manish Kothari, SVP of software development at Silicon Labs, which is baking Matter into its chips.
- The bottom line: There's a lot of brainpower, money and goodwill pouring into Matter and its tantalizing promise of device interoperability and smarter homes.
- — and Matter will (ideally) ensure that they all talk to one another.
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