A high-tech security system can track open doors and broken windows. But that isn't the end-all-be-all of home security and efficiency. Some users may want to know when there is a water leak, when a gun safe is accessed or how full a propane tank might be. Individuals can buy specific sensors to track some of these things, but the cost for those can add up over time. That's why Denver-based startup Loop Labs Inc. built Notion, a series of sensors that will make it easier to track their home when they are not there.
Each sensor has an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, gyroscope, temperature sensor, piezoelectric transducer (for tracking natural frequency), proximity sensor and a water leak probe. The hub can be installed into any outlet and connects to the Notion app via the Internet. It then sends the info to the Notion App via Wi-Fi. If the internet or power goes out in the home, the Notion hub has a battery and cellular backup.
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Users don't have to constantly arm or disarm Notion. The system is designed to automatically activate when a user leaves the home. Each sensor has a two-year battery life, and can be easily attached anywhere via its adhesive back. If a sensor is placed somewhere that isn't useful, it can be renamed and repositioned to fit the user's needs.
Loop Labs is currently trying to raise $50,000 on Kickstarter to fund the first set of sensors. It raised more than $50,000 within 48 hours of the campaign's start. The first 250 backers can preorder one Notion sensor and one Notion hub for $99. All other backers can preorder a one-sensor package for $129. Backers can preorder the Notion with three sensors for $199, with five sensors for $249 and 10 sensors for $439. Loop Labs plans to deliver the first orders by July 2015, though they offer an option to get the sensors in April 2015 for an additional cost.
The Notion sensor has a lot potential. By simplifying one's collection of sensors down to one system, users can keep track of everything they need to via one interface. Notion is also cost-effective, letting users use one sensor to track what eight sensors might. This sounds great, but we aren't sure if the Notion will hold up to the quality of other sensors in the smart home market. We'll have to wait until the Notion is released next year to give any accurate assessment.