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Notion Tells You What’s Going on at Home from Afar

by Shane McGlaun
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If you are away from home a lot and want to keep an eye on your house, you might get a security alarm installed. The problem with those alarms is all they do is alarm when a window breaks or a door opens, they are far from smart. A new product has hit Kickstarter called Notion that makes homes intelligent.

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This isn’t a system that turns on lights and such, it simply alerts you to conditions using seven different sensors inside each stick-on Notion puck. Each device has an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, gyroscope, temperature sensor, piezoelectric transducer, proximity sensor, and water leak probes. Data collected by the pucks is sent to a Notion base station, which connects to your Wi-Fi network.

What’s that mean for you? You can tell when a door opens using the accelerometer and proximity sensors. That will let you know a child comes home. The temperature sensor will help you keep an eye on energy use from afar. The water leak probes can alert you if a leak develops. If you like to grill out, the piezoelectric transducer will measure how much propane you have left in the tank.

Notion was seeking $50,000 to fund its project, and has already raised more than six times that amount. A pledge of $129(USD) or more will get you the hub and a single sensor. Packages are available with 3, 5 or 10 sensors as well.



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