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Notion Sensors Pack 8 Functions in One

If you want to have a comprehensive home security system, you need to make sure you have every essential device. Aside from buying sensors for your doors and windows, you also need to buy a sensor to detect water leaks and another one to monitor the changes in your home temperature. With several things to keep track at home, it can mean buying a handful of sensors- or not.

 

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Notion is a sensor that’s about the size of a cookie. It can monitor not just your doors or your windows but essentially all the things you need to cover at home. It’s an all in one device that works with a bridge and an app.

• Sensor

The Notion sensor is powered by coin cell batteries that can work for two full years. With such lifespan, you wouldn’t need to worry about changing batteries every month or recharging them after every few days.  The sensor also has a sticky back which you can use to attach it to your door or your window. It takes away the inconvenience of drilling holes on your walls and precisely lining up a sensor pair. Aside from the ease of installing the sensor, a single Notion is capable of monitoring several things for you. As a matter of fact, it’s packed with 7 different sensors to provide you with 8 different features.

1. Temperature sensor

Notion can tell you exactly when your home is too hot or too cold. Because an extreme home temperature can indicate a broken thermostat or airconditioning system, it’s important that you get notified soon to avoid further problems at home.

2. Accelerometer

When you attach your Notion sensor on a safe or your cabinet, you’ll be able to know if someone is trying to move it. You can even place it on your garage door so you’ll know right away if it opens unexpectedly.

3. Ambient light sensor

If you always seem to forget turning off the lights in your bedroom, you can attach a Notion sensor in the room and receive notifications. You can also use Notion to remind you in case you’ve let the lights on for too long.  Monitoring your lights can help you save on your electricity.

4. Proximity sensor

The proximity sensor works similar to an accelerometer. It can let you know if one of your cabinets or your doors has been opened.

5. Water leak sensor

Water leaks can be very damaging to your properties, particularly if it takes a very long time to get solved. Notion can let you know right away if there’s water accumulating in areas where it shouldn’t be.

6. Gyroscope

A gyroscope can detect any changes in an object’s orientation. This can be helpful in knowing when your doors or windows get opened unexpectedly or if they fail to close properly before you head out for work.

7. Piezoelectric Transducer

The function of a piezoelectric transducer is to convert natural frequencies to electrical charges it can understand. The level of your propane tank, for one, can easily be determined by Notion. Even the sound of your smoke alarm can quickly be distinguished by the device. Notion, however, won’t be able to tell if there are any leaks in your tank or the presence of smoke in a room.

• Hub

The hub is the main communication point of all your Notion sensors. It has both battery and cellular backup in cases of connection and electricity failures. However, to be able to continuously receive alerts, you may need to subscribe to a monitoring plan. Each sensor should be around 175 feet away from the hub to work best. If you have Notion bridges at home, you can place your sensors beyond that distance.

• Notion App

The app is where you take control of your Notion system. Through it, you’ll be able to set how you want to get notified as well as the names of your sensors. You can even input a set of emergency contacts which Notion can reach out to in case you fail to respond to its alert. There is also an option in the app where you can see a list of  the last 10 events that triggered your sensors.

Notion is a multi-functional device, which means that it doesn’t have a single function. You should take note, however, that it can only monitor the object it is attached to but may be ineffective in detecting your pet’s or an intruder’s movements. With all the sensors packed inside the device, you can use one Notion to monitor everything at home. This means that if you attach one Notion to your door, the device can readily know and alert you when the said door or a nearby window has been opened. At the same time, it can also listen for your smoke alarm and monitor for any unwanted changes in your home temperature. Notion, in case you want it near the dishwasher in your kitchen, can take note of any water leaks or if one of your appliances has been moved. Notion can also work outdoors, provided that the environment is warm and dry. A very low temperature can greatly affect the sensors and their batteries.

Even though one Notion can monitor several things at once, you should still consider the size of your home when buying it. If you only need to monitor one room, you can purchase the Home:1 set which includes one hub and one sensor for $129. However, if you have a larger home, you may need to buy the Home:5 pack at $269 to get 5 sensors and one hub.

Notion is available for pre-ordering at its official site. At launch, it is expected to be compatible with Homekit and Nest. Loop Labs, the creator of Notion, also claims to have an IFTTT channel for its sensor to enable you to create your own personal recipes for home automation. Notion is expected to be shipped this September and each pack you buy comes with a one year warranty and a 30 day return policy.

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