It would seem that based on an advert for the newest product by China-based Qingping, namely the Cleargrass temperature & Humidity sensor, this new product goes on sale in Mainland China today, with a price tag of RMB169 (equal to approx. US$24). We originally reported on the existence of this way back in later 2019, so it seems to have taken some time to finally come to fruition, but there’s no doubt it’ll be a popular item.
The new model follows the same design cues as the current non-HomeKit model, with not only the E-Ink display, but the options to have it sat at a desk, with an extendable kickstand, or mounted on a wall with the included magnetic mount. This new model will still utilise Bluetooth but will, of course, come with HomeKit compatibility out of the box.
Whilst there are many temperature and humidity sensors available for HomeKit, there aren’t too many with a display, and certainly not many with the qualities that E-Ink can provide, save for the 2nd gen Eve Room, which also includes a VOC sensor and the iHome iSS50 multi-sensor.
As an example of how good e-ink displays are, the image above shows the new version next to the original LCD version that came out around 2 years ago. Whilst they’re relatively clear in this image, in anything even approaching low light conditions, the LCD display is barely visible, which makes the e-Ink display a clear winner in situations like this, even without a backlit display.
The new HomeKit model goes on sale today in China via T-Mall and has already surfaced on other international reseller sites like AliExpress.
Thanks to Guillaume Mamosa at Xiaomi Domotique for the find.