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Elgato adds to smarthome lineup with Eve Button and updated Eve Room

Elgato has updated its Eve Room sensor and revealed the new Eve Button controller for managing HomeKit scenes and devices. The second-generation Eve Room ($100) still features the previous model’s monitoring of air quality, temperature and humidity, but the new version has its own e-ink display rather than just relying on the dedicated app to display information. Eve Room also now includes its own built-in battery that can be charged via USB instead of the 2015 model’s reliance on AA batteries — the first time we’ve seen Elgato include a rechargeable battery in one of its Eve products. The new Eve Room borrows its black and aluminum aesthetic from the award-winning Eve Degree that we reviewed last year, making for a much sleeker look to go along with the $20 price increase over the older model when the new device debuts in March.

Rounding out its new offering, Elgato has also released Eve Button ($50), a simple Bluetooth controller for HomeKit scenes and devices for those who want to use a dedicated remote rather than their iPhone. Featuring the same black and aluminum design as the Eve Room, the Eve Button can activate three different HomeKit scenes with a single, double or long press. Perfect for places where multiple users need quick control of HomeKit scenes, the Eve Button can be installed within any HomeKit setup without a bridge and can be installed within a few minutes from Eve’s app or Apple’s Home app. The Eve Button is powered by a replaceable button battery and is available now.

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