WeMo has announced a handful of new home sensors in its Internet of Things ecosystem. These new sensors include a door and window sensor, keychain sensor, alarm sensor, and room motion sensor, all of which are great improvements for a digitally connected home.
The door and window sensors are magnetic and attach to any doors, windows, or any type of opening latch in your home. This means you can put it on anything from your front door, your refrigerator, or even just a box you want to monitor. Whenever that door or container is left open (or even opened while you’re not at home) you can keep up with it to know what’s going on in your home. These sensors also integrate with other WeMo devices, so you can pair up a door sensor and the AC sensor, so the air conditioning can kick on when the back door is opening, for example.
The keychain sensor is a little more simple and essentially acts as a GPS tag. You can track people or objects with it, and also control other WeMo devices with a click on the keychain. On its own, it probably won’t do much good, but paired with some other sensors and it can be a pretty useful little addition.
The alarm sensor integrates with existing alarm and security systems to send out notifications whenever an alarm is going off in your house. This goes hand-in-hand with being able to set up emergency contact numbers in the WeMo app, just in case something does go wrong. The room motion sensor attempts to tackle the same issue by monitoring a room for movement. It detects specific heat signatures and won’t be set off by pets, which is a useful feature. The sensor has a 90-degree angle and works up to roughly 30 feet away, so this can be a complement to a security system to let you know if something is moving around in your house that you weren’t aware of.
WeMo also announced a Water with Echo sensor for homes that accurately tracks water consumption and usage. This sensor attaches to a pipe in the home’s plumbing system and uses water pressure and vibrations to figure out just how much water is being used, what’s using the most water, and can even give you a heads up if something is about to leak or burst. This is a great device for preemptively tracking potentially dangerous situations, or even just figuring out how to cut back on wasting water.
WeMo didn’t announce pricing for these new sensors, but they’ll go on sale in the second half of 2015, so you won’t have to wait too much longer to get your hands on them. In the meantime, you can find the rest of our CES 2015 coverage here.