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Written by Nick Heer.

The Smart Home Dream Has Been Postponed

Tobin Richardson, CEO of Matter, the smart home connectivity standards group:

In May of this year, we saw a development path with first devices through certification by the end of the year in 2021. With the completion of several test events and forecasting, our members have updated the schedule to reflect a commitment to ensuring that the SDK, and related tools, are ready to meet the expectations of the market when launched and enable a large ecosystem of interoperable Matter products. Our refined plans include ongoing SDK and certification program development in 2H 2021, targeting a “pre-ballot” version of the technical spec available to members at year’s end. In the first half of 2022, we expect to see the SDK released, the first devices through certification, and our formal certification program opening.

Feels like more of the same story. Who knows? Maybe 2022 really will be when this stuff is adequate for the average person. But that was supposed to be the case for several years now, so I have my doubts.