Hey Rob, just the day 1 session. With the introduction of matter and the re-design of the HomeKit app, is this not somewhat mimicking what HA does now (combining multiple smart home devices in a single interface (allowing automation) on your own network)?
Am I missing something between the HomeKit capabilities with matter and HomeAssistant?
From what I can tell, you can do HomeKit and Home Assistant. At least with the devices that support Home Assistant.
I set up my HA install about two months ago and it’s been great as I’ve been able to pull all my smart devices in to a single umbrella app - which I guess HomeKit is supposed to do. I’m happier with Home Assistant than I ever was with HomeKit really.
Home Assistant is more than HomeKit. Here’s a simple example:
When my door is open for 1 minute or longer, turn off the heating in that room.
I can’t do that in HomeKit. I can try, using a combination of HomeBridge and/or Shortcuts, but it’s not nice. In Home Assistant, it’s part of the trigger, so I select “door open” and underneath I can input “1 minute”. Done.
Additionally, there are a lot of Zigbee and Z-Wave devices out there, and I suspect there will be a lot of Matter devices too. Home Assistant can support any/all of them. So all of my Zigbee devices are paired with Home Assistant via Zigbee2MQTT—and then those I want to be able to control with Siri are shared back to HomeKit. I do have devices I don’t share with HK, such as the smart plugs monitoring my washing machine, tumble dryer, and dishwasher (I’d never want those to accidentally turn off mid-cycle because I said “Hey Siri, turn everything off”), but that’s my choice.
Finally, HA offers the ability to combine devices to make smarter devices. I have a “dumb” radiator in my bedroom. It’s on a smart plug. I also have a temperature sensor. I was able to connect the two of those together with a Generic Thermostat integration and voilà, I have a much smarter bedroom heating system.