Personal trackers have been all the rage for some time now – so much so that it seems we get a new Kickstarter announcement every day now showcasing a bit that clips to our phone/belt/shoe/hair. It would seem that these rudimentary personal trackers have officially jumped the shark. What’s the next frontier for personal data collection? According to CubeSensors, it is the home, or more specifically our rooms. Welcome to the quantified home.
The CubeSensor is a tiny and unobtrusive box packed with sensors that tell you all about the environment your living in and can provide incites around patterns and habits. Coming in at only 2″, the cube can continuously measure temperature, humidity, noise, light, air quality, barometric pressure, and even unwanted vibrations that shake your building. Transferring this raw data into an improved life is as simple as viewing what time your rooms get the hottest, most humid, or most light-saturated and adjusting your HVAC schedule, or even more sneakily your meeting schedule around that data. Have an important meeting coming up where need absolute involvement and creativity? Schedule it for when you know that room is it’s brightest but still most comfortable. That’s schedule hacking in action.
The cubes themselves are completely wireless and can output their information into a dashboard that can be pulled up on your phone. I must say it is good to see the Internet of Things trend move beyond pedometers and hacked together arduino devices. The CubeSensor paired with a Nest remote switching capabilities would go a long way toward the promised land of the automated home. Keep beautiful and functional devices like this coming hackers!