We initially reported on the existence of the long considered moribund device known as the Eve Extend, last month, and now Eve has made it official with a dedicated page to the product on their site. It seems they will be ready to take pre-orders starting in August, with, we presume availability soon after, with a price of $49.95/€49.95.
Eve provides a simple explanation as to how it works;
Eve Extend connects directly to Eve accessories beyond the range of your iPhone or home hub, and makes them available across your Wi-Fi network. Now, no obstacle stands in the way, and no location is off-limits. Whether checking basement humidity levels or activating your garden sprinkler, every Eve accessory is within reach.
So, of all the accessories Eve make the one that would seem to make the most of this extender would be the Eve Aqua, which for nearly all uses would be outside and typically be furthest from either a Home Hub or your iPhone.
the setup involves finding a spot anywhere within your Wi-Fi network, then connecting to a power outlet. Securely add Eve Extend by pointing your iPhone camera at the HomeKit setup code, and let the Eve app walk you through the setup process.
Strangely enough, currently only two devices will be compatible with Eve Extend at launch although the rest of their Bluetooth line of products will undoubtedly be added soon after. These devices are the Eve Aqua, and the Eve Thermo.
The Eve Extend is only designed to work with Eve Bluetooth accessories and is also limited to eight devices, but given the popularity of Eve products, this is only going to give them a new lease on life for a lot of dedicated users, so regardless of the fact that you can’t use other Bluetooth devices from other manufacturers, this is bound to find a lot of happy customers.
- iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 12.3 or later
- Wi-Fi network (2.4 / 5 GHz 802.11a/b/g/n)
Controlling this HomeKit-enabled accessory automatically and away from home requires a HomePod, an Apple TV with tvOS 12.3 or later, or an iPad with iOS 12.3 or later set up as a home hub.
- Power USB – (5 V, at least 500 mA)
- Wireless Connection – Wi-Fi (2.4 / 5 GHz 802.11a/b/g/n)
- Dimensions – 75 x 23 x 78 mm / 3 x 0.9 x 3.1 in