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

low cost clime sensors make diy home automation snap sensor
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]

Computing

T-Mobile goes after big cable companies, pilots wireless home internet service

In a shot at big cable companies, T-Mobile is launching a new pilot program to bring an unlimited wireless LTE home internet service to up to 50,000 homes across the United States by the end of 2019.
Smart Home

Smart light switches have become more affordable: Here are the best ones

The ability to control the lighting in your home can have a big effect on your living space. To have more control over your lighting, check out the best smart light switches on the market. 
Smart Home

Looking to safeguard your home? These are the best DIY home security systems

Looking for the best DIY Home security systems? These security kits will help you feel safer in no time. Check out our top pick and full list to see which kit will work best for your home.
Smart Home

Protect yourself: Here are some of the best home security systems

Looking for the best home security systems for your house? These systems offer the best mix of devices, smart features, monitoring services, and fees that you can afford (plus good customer service reports).
Smart Home

The best smart locks to increase your home security in 2019

A good smart lock should offer a combination of security and convenience. Fortunately, these devices keep your home protected, your family safe, and your belongings secure from possible intruders.
Deals

Suck up the savings with these vacuum cleaners on sale for $100 or less

Keeping your floors clean around the home is a constant chore. To help make things a whole lot easier, we've picked out some great vacuum cleaner deals available right now, from full-sized upright models to robot vacs.
Deals

Walmart drops prices on Google Home Hub and Lenovo smart displays

Walmart slashed the prices of Google Home smart displays for two highly regarded Lenovo models and the original Google Home Hub. We can't think of a better way to improve your smart home setup and these deals can help you save up to $100.
Smart Home

Is your coffee maker hiding mold inside? Here's how to clean it

Are you a coffee drinker? If you brew your coffee at home and you don't clean your machine, you could be drinking mold, yeast, and other bacteria. Here's how to clean your coffee maker.
Deals

Amazon lowers Echo Dot cost and slashes price of the Dot and Smart Plug bundle

Amazon just unleashed extraordinary price cuts on third-generation Echo Dot smart speakers. The Alexa device is back in stock following the blowout sales last holiday season. The Echo Dot is the best-selling Alexa smart speaker worldwide.
Smart Home

These best outdoor security cameras will keep porch pirates at bay

Worried about porch pirates stealing your packages, or intruders entering your home? Always be in the know about who or what is on your property by installing one of these outdoor security cameras.
Smart Home

Your Instant Pot can do it all. Research says it has another important function

Researchers at Dakota State University tested a variety of pressure cookers for sterilization and found that Instant Pot provides enough pressure and heat to kill off food-spoiling bacteria.
Smart Home

Need some help? Here's our handy step-by-step guide on how to Airbnb your home

Getting ready to make your home a great rental? Here's how to Airbnb your home with the right amenities, insurance, supplies, and everthing else that you need. Use this guide to get started without making beginner mistakes!
Deals

Dyson sale shatters prices on vacuums just in time for spring cleaning

Steep price cuts on Dyson vacuum cleaners for the spring cleaning season help you save money on the tools you need to do the job. We've found the best discounts on Dyson vacuums from Amazon and Walmart and put them all in one place.
Deals

Amazon slashes prices on Echo devices that play Alexa’s sweetest-sounding music

Amazon slashed prices on Alexa-controlled Echo devices with the best music sound quality. All Alexa smart speakers stream music, but some sound better than others. Save on Echo Plus and the Echo Sub bundled with Echo and Echo Plus speakers.