Okay, I know I’m throwing a lot of ideas out here, so this’ll be the last one… for now. Directly inspired during my post about the connected Alarm clock… a connected smoke detector.
The obvious advantage of this is a situation similar to that which inspired SmartThings originally… but instead of a flooding problem, a fire problem. A smoke detector goes off in your house but no one is home… Well, fortunately no one will get hurt, but because it’ll take a while before someone outside of the home notices a problem and alerts the fire department, the house fire could get very much out of control.
But if my smoke detector sends me an alert as soon as it goes off, I can take steps to alert the authorities right away and hopefully minimize the damage to my home.
Also, as I mentioned in the Alarm thread, a connected detector could trigger my alarm to go off too. If I’m upstairs in my bedroom, sleeping, listening to music or watching TV, I may not hear a smoke detector going off in my basement. If if triggers my alarm clock and maybe starts flashing connected lights as well, I’ll notice.