Tiny Sensor Tracks The Temperature Changes In Your Home
The peanut-shaped device can also be linked with smart thermostats to automate when heat or air conditioning activates
Developed by smart home company Sen.se, the ThermoPeanut is a tiny, peanut-shaped sensor that tracks the temperature of the room in which it is placed. The device is able to connect directly with iOS and Android devices using Bluetooth technology, and it reports its temperature readings back to an accompanying app, called SensePeanut, allowing consumers to better track their home environment.
The ThermoPeanut is relatively versatile — it can measure temperatures ranging from -5 degrees Fahrenheit to 140 degrees Fahrenheit. According to Sen.se, it can also do more than just measure and spit back the temperature. Owners can connect the ThermoPeanut, which retails for $29, with Nest Thermostats to automate when their heat or air conditioning is turned on, based on when the temperature drops below or rises above a set figure.
The device can also be hooked up to IFTTT, or “if this, then that,” a service through which users can trigger certain apps to take specific actions based on set conditions in other devices.
Later this year, Sen.se plans to unveil a similar sensor called SleepPeanut, which will be able to measure a person’s sleeping patterns, as well as a “PeanutButton” that will function as an “if this, then that” tool. A MedPeanut will help consumers track pill dispensers to ensure they or their loved ones are taking the proper medications.
The company is also developing new smart sensors: The SafePeanut is geared toward solving security issues; the HydraPeanut will detect leaks; a DoorPeanut will inform its owner if a door is open or closed; a ProximityPeanut could help people uncover lost items.