In the past, motion sensors may have seemed like more hassle then they were worth, but thankfully the technology is much more refined today. Sensors are more sophisticated and accurate, providing another layer of convenience for your home, office, or yard.
While motion sensors from D-Link and Smanos can be connected to alarm hubs and placed at the windows to help protect against home intruders, there are also many other practical applications for sensors. Netatmo has created a weather station kit that includes two sensors that monitor temperature, humidity, barometric pressure and indoor C02 concentration. With real-time notifications sent via the included smartphone app, you’ll always know for sure whether or not to bring your umbrella to work with you. Want to know how much it rained over the weekend? Add on a smart rain gauge to the mix to find out.
Swann also has made an outdoor siren that is compatible with window, door, and garage sensors to alert you if something goes wrong. Other sensors can detect leaks in your house so that you can prevent severe water damage before it happens.
Sensors can even help with your health and wellness; Mother has made a set of sensors they call “motion cookies” that can sense the object they are next to and keep track of it. They also can remind you to take medication, go on your daily run, or even connect to the Nest to alert you of any intruders.
The great thing about many of these products is that they provide an entire sensory ecosystem that you can easily add onto later if you need to, thanks to the convenience of WiFi, Bluetooth, or Z-wave connectivity. For example, you may want to just start with motion sensors for your alarm system, but you can also add on sound, temperature, or water sensors if you live in an area susceptible to flooding or are concerned about water damage. Garage door sensors and additional wireless access points or bridges are another thing to keep in mind as you start adding on more smart devices.
Whatever your need, Newegg has brands like Piper, Smartthings, MyFox, and Belkin that are leading the way to your smart home future.