Roost put its smart battery into a four-in-one smoke alarm

For just $35, you can currently buy a Roost smart battery that fits inside your average smoke detector and makes it smart. The five-year battery will connect to your Wi-Fi, and its app will send alerts when your device detects smoke. Now, however, you can get a whole Roost Smart Smoke Alarm for $60 or $80.

Roost announced its two new devices today, the RSA-200, which detects smoke and fire, and the RSA-400, which has sensors for smoke, fire, carbon monoxide, and natural gas. These detectors come with the smart battery installed but are aimed at a different market, those building or remodeling their homes, CEO Roel Peeters told Digital Trends. “We’re basically taking all these lessons learned from that product and rolling that into a new product and delivering even more value,” he said of the smart battery.

One of the lessons involved the sensitivity of the alarm detector. While the battery started out erring on the side of caution, sounding the alarm at the slightest provocation, this caused too many false alerts. And while it may be a relief to rush home from work and not find your house on fire after the app tells you it is, it’s definitely not an experience you want to repeat.

At $60 and $80, the Roost alarms are less expensive than the Nest Protect, which retails for $99. That connected alarm detects smoke and CO, as does the $105 Onelink from First Alert.

“We believe we’re the only player in the smart smoke alarm space that offers natural gas detection,” Peeters said. “As a  company, we’ve always had a philosophy about being able to deliver peace of mind and doing that in an affordable way.”

Of course, both the Protect and the Onelink hook up to larger ecosystems (the former works with Nest and the latter with HomeKit), while the Roost is a stand-alone device. It does work with IFTTT, so you could still get your Hue lights to flash in the event of an alarm if you set up a recipe.

The detectors are available for preorder now and should start shipping in June.

Product Review

It's not a spy, but you still won't want to friend Facebook's Portal+

Facebook has jumped into the smart home game with the Portal+, a video-calling device featuring an Amazon Alexa speaker and a screen. While it has lots of cool calling features, we’re weary of Facebook taking up counter space in our home.

The best iRobot Roomba deals to make cleaning your home a breeze

Keep your home clean without lifting a finger using a robot vacuum cleaner. These nine iRobot Roomba deals not only help you keep your home tidy, but many also come with advanced features such as automatic scheduling and Wi-Fi connectivity.

The best Nintendo Switch deals and bundles for November 2018

Looking to score Nintendo's latest hybrid console? We've smoked out the best Nintendo Switch deals right here, including discounts on stand-alone consoles as well as bundles that feature games like Fortnite and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Need a quick battery boost? Try one of our favorite portable chargers

Battery life still tops the polls when it comes to smartphone concerns. If it’s bugging you, then maybe it’s time to snag yourself a portable charger. Here are our picks of the best portable chargers.

The 100 best Android apps turn your phone into a jack-of-all-trades

Choosing which apps to download is tricky, especially given how enormous and cluttered the Google Play Store has become. We rounded up 100 of the best Android apps and divided them neatly, with each suited for a different occasion.
Smart Home

Abode System’s Iota DIY home security kit is now available

Abode Systems has an all-in-one security kit called Iota, and it's on sale now. It features a 1080p camera, motion sensor, and on-board Wi-Fi and ethernet so it can stay connected no matter where you put it.
Smart Home

Amazon will bring a 7-foot-tall Christmas tree to your doorstep starting today

If you have fond memories of going out with your family and searching for the perfect Christmas tree, well, Amazon wants to create its own holiday tradition. Starting today, you can order a real, 7-foot tree from Amazon.

The Best Black Friday Deals from Best Buy in 2018

We've been hard at work assembling all the best Black Friday deals Best Buy offers in 2018 and putting them in one place to save you time and money this holiday season. From laptops to TVs, game consoles to smart speakers and much more…
Smart Home

Pandora Premium joins Alexa’s Amazon dance party today

There are quite a few streaming services that work with Amazon's Alexa but a big one just got added when the company integrated access to Pandora Premium into its smart assistant and smart speakers.
Smart Home

Plus, Dot, Spot, Show? Which Amazon Echo is the way to go?

Not sure just what Amazon Echo device with Alexa voice assistant you're looking for? Whether you're looking for great sound, smart home control, or a screened device, we've got you covered. Here are all the Amazon Echo devices, what they…

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 12 great vacuum cleaner deals available on Amazon right now, from full-sized upright models to robot vacs.

The best Walmart Black Friday deals in 2018

Walmart has historically been the undisputed king of Black Friday deals. The mega-store is known for offering deals on products in almost every category, from smart TVs to children’s toys. We're combing through every deal as it is…
Smart Home

Want the perfect turkey? Here's how to make it sous vide

Thinking of trying something different this Thanksgiving? Don't want to set your yard on fire trying to fry that bird? Try turkey sous vide. Here's our favorite way to sous vide a Turkey.

Make your smart home even more intelligent with a smart plug for under $20

Smart lighting keeps your home connected, helps you saves energy, and makes for an overall convenient living space. If you're ready to step up your smart home game this holiday season, take advantage of this sweet deal on the Wemo Mini…