Get a more holistic view of your home with Notion sensors and Nest

notion second generation neststat product lifestyle 5
You don’t have eyes in the back of your head — but you can have Notion sensors. First introduced in 2014 by way of a successful Kickstarter campaign, the Notion awareness sensors are innocuous little discs with big responsibilities — alerting users to anything out of the ordinary in their home, whether it’s a water leak, a temperature change, a door opening, or a smoke alarm sounding. And now, three years later, Notion is launching its second-generation sensors that integrate with Nest for an even more holistic home experience.

Thanks to this new collaboration, not only will you be able to control your Nest thermostat or view its humidity readings from within the Notion app, but you’ll also be able to leverage Notion’s smarts to help you save energy (and therefore, money). For example, if a Notion sensor senses that you’ve left a window open while the AC or heat is running, it will prompt you to adjust your Nest thermostat accordingly. Moreover, thanks to the Nest integration, Notion users will be able to keep tabs on a whole home’s average temperature, calculating temperatures across room thanks to a combination of Notion sensors and the Nest thermostat.

“Our reason for integrating with Nest is to close the loop between the purposeful information that Notion provides and Nest’s intelligences that enable homeowners to take real-time action no matter where they are,” says Brett Jurgens, co-founder and CEO of Notion. “This is only the beginning for what’s to come on the integrations front, and we’re excited to explore how Notion can work with Nest’s other best-in-class products that empower homeowners to build a smarter, safer home.”

On top of Notion’s new Nest integration, the sensor is also said to have improved battery life, range, and durability with its second-generation launch. In fact, the company claims that these new sensors will have a 12-to-18-month battery life on average, and a 50-percent increase in range thanks to a better sensor-to-bridge communication. And while you probably don’t want your sensors to ever be fully submerged, the new Notion can withstand up to three feet of water for up to 30 minutes.

The new Notions are now available for purchase on the company’s website. Be warned, however, that for now, the sensors’ integrations with Nest are only available on iOS.

Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: camera with A.I. director, robot arm assistant

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!
Product Review

Kwikset Kevo Contemporary review

Tired of carrying around keys? Make keyless entry so easy that all you have to do is have your phone nearby to open the door. It’s a little pricey, but sleek lines and simple features make the Kwikset Kevo Contemporary a great choice for…
Product Review

Ring Video Doorbell 2 is the simplest entry into a smarter doorway

The Ring Video Doorbell 2 may lack the style and sophistication of premium door-dingers, but few can match its simplicity and versatility. The device, available in both wired and wireless configurations, is easy to set up and adds instant…
Mobile

We tried all the latest and greatest smartphones to find the best of 2019

Smartphones are perhaps the most important and personal piece of tech on the planet. That’s why it’s important to pick the best phone for your individual needs. Here are the best smartphones you can buy.
Smart Home

Idaho mother says her child’s light-up sippy cup exploded

After a mother filled a Nuby insulated light-up cup with milk, the cup allegedly exploded. The incident caused burns to the mother's hand and face and a stinging sensation in her lungs that required a trip to the hospital.
Smart Home

Project Alias is a ‘smart parasite’ that stops smart speakers from listening

Two designers chose to do something about nosy smart speakers. The result is Project Alias, a "smart parasite" that whispers nonsense to Google Home and Alexa until it hears a specific wake word.
Smart Home

The Instant Pot Lux is a gateway drug into the pleasures of pressure cooking

The 3-quart Instant Pot Lux is one of the most affordable Instant Pots you can buy. Is it still a solid pressure cooker? Here are our thoughts on the Instant Pot Lux, a great IP baseline model.
Smart Home

DS3 Clean water-free swatches could be the future of cleaning products

DS3 Clean swatches were on display at CES 2019. The small swatches come in several types, including shampoo and toilet cleaner. They're great for travel, but their real impact is in how such supplies will be shipped and stored.
Smart Home

Amazon patents a technology to help Alexa fight fake voice attacks

Amazon filed a patent this month for a new technology that looks like it would help its digital assistant Alexa fight fake voice attacks that could potentially fool Alexa's biometric security protocols.
Smart Home

Amazon Prime members number more than 100 million in the U.S., survey says

Consumer Intelligence Research Partners estimated there were 101 million U.S. Amazon Prime members as of December 31, 2018. Last April, CEO Jeff Bezos wrote there were more than 100 global million Prime members.
Smart Home

With focus on interoperability, is Nevo Butler a smarter home hub?

Universal Electronics is the latest company getting into the smart home market, announcing at CES 2019 that it intends to market the Nevo Butler, a new smart home hub with onboard A.I. and voice control technology.
Emerging Tech

Google’s radar-sensing tech could make any object smart

Computer scientists have shown how Google’s Soli sensor can be used to make dumb objects smart. Here's why radar-powered computing could finally make the dream of smart homes a reality.
Smart Home

The best air fryers deliver fried food with a fraction of the calories

What is this magical mechanism? It's an air fryer, and when used correctly, it can mimic the effects of frying while using just a little bit of oil. You still get that crispy, golden exterior and the fluffy center.
Emerging Tech

‘Tech vest’ prevents Amazon workers from colliding with robot co-workers

Amazon workers at its fulfillment centers are using "tech vests" to help protect them from collisions with their robot co-workers. The robots already have obstacle avoidance sensors, but the belt offers another layer of safety.