We are getting close to the launch of Matter, which should be coming sometime in 2022. The new standard seeks to bridge the various smart home ecosystems we have to choose from today. Reducing the need of having to have multiple apps to control everything or to be locked into buying products from a single brand. This will could (hopefully) change the smart home industry for the better and bring even more devices together to create a much smarter home environment. And now, it will include a little something more.
Now, it seems that video casting will be included with the standard, which makes for exciting news. Originally announced by The Verge, it appears the standard will attempt to bridge the gap for audio and video casting, allowing you to cast content regardless of what device is what. So if you have an iPhone that uses AirPlay and a TV that makes use of Google Cast, they may still be able to talk to each other. Assuming past products are able to pick up the new Matter standard, this would be huge.
It really would be nice to have a smart home that has extensive compatibility with any smart device you throw at it. It would also make it a lot easier for the not-so-tech-savvy (ie, your parents).
Matter will be launching sometime within the first half of 2022. So we still have a little more time to wait things out before we can start testing it ourselves. We can’t wait though as the CSA (Connectivity Standards Alliance) has done a great job of hyping everyone. Hopefully, it does live up to what it promises. Until then, all we can do is cross our fingers.