Smoke detectors should be in every house. Be they normal or smart, they can help save lives. They sound the alarm whenever something is wrong and they detect smoke and carbon-monoxide. Now, a startup company has come up with an idea that makes these detectors even more useful. They created a a nine-volt battery with built-in Wi-Fi. With it, the device can alert you on your smartphone if the battery is about to die or if smoke has been detected.
These batteries were developed by Roost, a company based in Canada. They are planning to start commercializing them next year and sell them for prices ranging from $25 to $35.
“We were approaching the Internet-of-things space not from a perspective of ‘How can we build a whizzy new device that does something?’ but ‘What information do you have in the house that’s useful to you that you’d like access to when you’re not home?’ ” said co-founder and chief technology officer James Blackwell.
The Roost battery could be used for more than just alarms. The team is already thinking of expanding its use, going beyond smoke detectors and modifying it for other types of gadgets. Their first batteries are lithium-based and have a lifespan of more than five years. They also feature a Wi-Fi chip plus sensors for audio detection and voltage monitoring. In order to set the battery up with your smoke alarm you have to sync it with your Roost smartphone app. Each battery receives a name such as “living room” or “kitchen.” The battery connects to your home’s Wi-Fi.
Roost expects their battery to be ready in the spring. They are also thinking of expanding to AA batteries because they are used for toys and remotes. They might also add other sensors such as accelerometer or thermometer. What do you think of these smart batteries?
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