Matter in Action

Flexibility at Your Fingertips

Long gone are the days of contacting customer support for setup assistance or limiting your shopping experience to a certain brand. Matter not only simplifies the setup process, but extends the reach of your smart environment, enabling you to control devices across multiple branded ecosystems all from one place.

Plus, you no longer have to stick to one brand’s entire line of products in order to power your smart home or office. Mix and match products from different brands, so long as they carry Matter’s signature mark. Here’s how Matter works in the real world.

Here’s how Matter works in the real world.

The Consumer Experience

Alice buys a Matter-certified Philips smart light bulb and uses the Apple Home app on her iPhone to set up the bulb in the living room.

All she has to do is to scan the QR code of the bulb using her phone and in a minute, Alice is able to use the Apple Home app to control the bulb.

With this, she becomes the first Admin of the light bulb and forms the first Fabric.

When her husband Bob gets home, Alice adds the Google Home app on his Android phone as a second Admin for the smart bulb.

Bob’s Google Home app forms the second Fabric.

Now, Bob can control the bulb from his Google Home app, see its status, and commission new devices into the second Fabric.

Bob brings into his Fabric Charlie’s Google Home app on his phone and configures this app as a Controller for the bulb.

Now Charlie can control the bulb using the Google Home app on his phone but he can’t commission new devices or change the permissions on existing devices in the home because he’s not an Admin.

For his birthday, Alice buys Charlie two more GE smart light bulbs and an IKEA LED lighting strip. They’re all Matter-certified.

Alice adds the bulbs and strip to the smart home and configures them so Charlie’s Matter Disco app can control them.

Charlie uses the Matter Disco app on his phone to sync the colored lights to the music he’s listening to.

Bob buys a new Matter-enabled light switch and configures it to control the smart bulb in the living room.

Now, anyone who flips the switch can control the smart bulb in the living room but not the bulbs and strip in Charlie’s room.

Bob buys a new Matter-enabled GE light bulb and commissions it into his home in the living room. He also chooses who can control the bulb.

Afterward, Charlie can control the bulb with his Google Home app and his GE Lighting app but not his Matter Disco app. Alice can control the bulb with her Apple Home app.

Bob buys a Matter-enabled smart speaker from Amazon, places it in the kitchen, and commissions it into the home using the Alexa app. This forms a third Fabric.

Bob only gives smart speaker access to the devices in the public rooms of the house.

Alice sets up automated rules with the speaker so that all devices in public rooms are voice-controlled.

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