Eve's second-generation climate and air quality monitor certainly looks a lot more polished than the previous version. Eve Systems is showing off the Eve Room 2 at
in Berlin this week. The
-compatible sensor will measure air quality, temperature and humidity.
You can preorder the second-generation Eve Room on the company's site starting Monday for $100 and it'll ship on Sept. 12. That price converts to roughly £75 and AU$135.
The old Eve Room was a simple white box that we reviewed back in 2015. It measured the same three criteria as this new model and worked with
platform, HomeKit, back when HomeKit was still young.
The Eve Room 2 is one of the first products of the newly rebranded Eve Systems after it separated from gaming brand Elgato back in June. Unlike the previous Room, the Room 2 features a touchscreen display that can show its readings for air quality (measured in volatile organic compounds), temperature and humidity.
You can also check on its readings via the app or you can ask Apple's digital assistant
on your iPhone or
smart speaker. Better yet, the Eve Room 2 supports HomeKit's automations, so you can have your compatible smart lights flash if air quality gets too low or adjust your smart thermostat if the temp rises.
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The old Eve Room required replaceable batteries. The new model features a rechargeable battery that will supposedly last for six months on a single charge. You can also plug the new Eve Room into a permanent power supply.
The Room 2 will still communicate with your phone via
, which I thought limited the usefulness of the first model, as you couldn't check on readings from afar. A HomeKit hub such as an
or a HomePod will circumvent that problem, as either device can act as a bridge from the Room 2 to the cloud.
Without one of those
, the Room 2 might still be limited in usefulness. The $100 price might also elevate it above a reasonable splurge for most, though the readings could come in handy if you have a wine cellar or you're particularly sensitive to allergens.
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