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Low-cost Clime sensors aim to bring DIY home automation the masses

Do you need a bunch of tiny sensors all over your house to collect data? Probably not. But if you want some, an upcoming Polish startup by the name of Clime might be worth checking out. The company makes a line of tiny, multi-purpose sensors that are more affordable than any we’ve previously laid eyes on.

They’re not quite available for purchase just yet, but when the company opens up preorders in the next few months, they expect to sell Clime sensors for just $15 bucks a pop. That might sound a bit steep for something that’s no bigger than a wad of gum, but once you take a look under the hood, 15 bucks starts to sound much more reasonable.

Created by design duo Bart Zimny and Andrzej Pawlikowski, Clime tags are absolutely stuffed with sensors. As such, they can measure a huge amount of different environmental conditions, including temperature, humidity, ambient light, and movement — and they plan on adding CO2 sensing, barometric pressure, and light color sensors before they launch in October. 

At this point, all of that data is merely relayed to your phone to give you alerts when something changes, or provide simple visualizations of your home’s activity. But moving forward, Zimny and Pawlikowski plan on creating actuators and other systems to work with the sensors, so users can do things like control HVAC systems and open/close windows automatically based on environmental changes.

The company plans to ship Clime sensors to customers as early as three months from now, but launching is only half the battle. Once on the market, Clime faces stiff competition from well-established home automation/monitoring systems like Staples Connect, Iris, and Smart Things — but the company might be able to edge out the competition with that 15 dollar price tag.

Clime sensors aren’t available for purchase or preorder at this point, but you can sign up for email updates on the company’s website.

[Image via Clime]

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