The new homes we build today are built on top of what is already available, from the thermostat to the door locks to the speakers and air conditioners that power our living spaces.
But a new technology called SmartThings makes it possible to build smart homes with a single component: a sensor that monitors temperature and pressure.
It could help make smart home appliances smarter than they already are, or it could put an end to the days when you could just plug in a wall outlet and be done.
The new sensors, which are based on a technology called “light detection and ranging,” are so powerful that they can detect changes in temperature within inches of the sensor.
But they’re not as powerful as they could be, says Brian Lutz, the chief technology officer of SmartThings.
He thinks the company has “one of the best, most capable sensor stacks ever,” and it’s going to be an “important piece” of the ecosystem.
That’s not to say the sensors aren’t powerful, just that they aren’t going to replace the whole ecosystem.
And the technology isn’t yet available to consumers.
But SmartThings’ new sensors will be the first products in the SmartThings ecosystem to ship with an “excellent” rating from the Better Business Bureau.
Lutz said that the company is still working to make the new sensors more robust, and that he expects them to be “an industry standard for five years.”