A smart fire alarm also detects air quality programs and knows to bother you only if it's absolutely necessary.

App-enabled Connected Home devices are becoming more common these days, but for now it's unlikely that anyone besides the most technoholic would buy more than one or two devices for their own home. The market is crowded, and the customer must choose carefully. A new option called the Birdi (fittingly, formerly the Canary), now available for Kickstarter donations, is yet another great choice that combines the capabilities of multiple devices in an intelligent way. With local climate sensors like the GE Spotter jockeying with more conventional smoke alarms like the Nest Protect for the title of many peoples' first connected device, it's nice to see the two concepts working together in a device that gives you useful information about your home even when there isn't an emergency.

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