Almost all areas of our lives are now ready to be a smart home. And I like to be a willing victim and try it out. I always look at what is really worthwhile productively, so that I use it in the long run and also bother my family with it. I’ve automated a lot of things so that they work inconspicuously and without user interaction, and then I do some things with as few apps as possible.
If you look around the market, you can see that some manufacturers have lost the connection, here I call Devolo, to whom I have remained loyal for a long time. In view of the new Aqara possibilities with the European products.
And where we are with the keyword HomeKit, there I also use numerous elements, partly just the mentioned Aqara sensors like temperature humidity sensor, which we already tested once as well as sockets of Eve. Eve is now also used in our garden, where I recently installed Eve Aqua, a pure convenience thing that can of course also be achieved with other components. Eve Aqua is the water tap for the garden – or wherever you use it on your taps. It is fed with two AA batteries and then integrated into HomeKit via a code in a few seconds.
Eve products are generally the same as most products that can be integrated into HomeKit: they can be managed, automated and switched via the manufacturer’s app, but many functions are also possible via HomeKit. In the case of Eve, the user can set very granular conditions for Eve Aqua to provide irrigation, but I personally get along very well with the fact that in HomeKit I set a period of activity for which the tap is opened.
A concrete case study: Eve Aqua is in our garden at a water connection. Behind it is a very long hose that runs behind our hedge. We have perforated the hose so that it passes the water evenly from below to the plants. If I start with HomeKit (and thus also with Siri) Eve Aqua, then we do an irrigation for a period of 45 minutes and then finish by ourselves.
Eve Aqua doesn’t need a bridge, it’s so directly included in HomeKit. If there is no HomeKit central in the vicinity (iPad, HomePod or even the Apple TV), then one has to be within reach (except with fixed schedules, that basically works after a one-time setup) in order to control the device with the iPhone. Range to Eve Aqua or other Eve components not sufficient? Then you could reach for a new Extender (Eve Extend), which distributes the commands based on Bluetooth over the WLAN. Alternatively, there is also a power button on Eve Aqua, which can be pressed to make water march.
As mentioned: We still do this by hand, so we press “get started” in the app, alternatively you can do something yourself in the Eve app and also use dependencies – for example with Eve Degree, a temperature sensor. Or you can build yourself a button with HomeKit. Everything is possible.
Irrigation computers of this kind are by no means new. There are non-smart solutions for “small money” as well as other manufacturers whose smart products cost less.
I myself have only just started using the product and can therefore say nothing about the longevity of the engine. But the first impression is: good workmanship (metal body, front made of hard plastic) (except for the battery compartment, which looks loveless), flexible app and a high WAF (woman acceptance factor). On the other hand, of course, there is the purchase price. Almost 90 Euros are due, that’s how much some people pay for their water pumps. After all: A lot cheaper than the Gardena system, even if it includes a bridge and sensors. That had flashed me less, even though you are now connected to HomeKit.