Tag Archive: Sensors


Pimp out and protect your home with these smart sensors

Smart sensors are great little devices if you’re looking for added security. They can detect movement, alert you when someone tries to enter your home, detect leaks, and others can monitor room temperature. Our top pick is the Ecolink Z-Ware Door and Window Sensors. Set up is quick and easy, and it is compatible with SmartThings so that you can use voice controls through multiple smart hubs. Check our top picks for the best smart sensors out there.

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Ecobee’s latest smart thermostat offers smarter sensors and more for $249

There are a number of great options available when it comes to smart thermostats, but one of the leaders has always been Ecobee. The company has several models that we’ve looked at before, and now it has released a new model that’s even better than all the previous ones. Ecobee just announced the SmartThermostat with Voice Control, which comes with new sensors, a refreshed design, and without a price increase over the Ecobee4’s regular price. The new model is available  [Read More…]

Does the Oculus Quest need external sensors?

Best answer: You don’t need any external sensors or any additional hardware to use the Oculus Quest. Everything you need is in the box, and its sensors are built into the headset.

Standalone virtual reality: Oculus Quest ($ 399 at Amazon) Insight tracking

The Oculus Quest has an array of four wide-angle cameras built into the device. These are in lieu of any external sensors, towers, or cameras that are common among other headsets such as the  [Read More…]

In-screen fingerprint sensors are bad and need to go away

This is the worst thing about phones in 2019.

I got my hands on the Galaxy S10 about a week ago, and so far I’ve been loving every minute of using the phone. Well, almost every minute of it.

The Galaxy S10 is one heck of a smartphone and easily one of the best you can buy right now, but it has a feature that’s been causing me endless headaches — the in-screen fingerprint sensor. This is  [Read More…]

These motion sensors are perfect for Samsung SmartThings

With SmartThings, you can use a motion senor to keep watch over areas of your home, allowing you to receive alerts, sound an alarm, unlock a door or even just turn on a light. Not all motion sensors are created equal however, so we’ve compiled a list that won’t give you any headaches — like our favorite option, the Ecolink Motion Detector — so you can monitor your home no matter where you are.

Top Pick Ecolink Z-wave Plus Motion  [Read More…]

These new sensors and features help make Ring’s Alarm System more powerful

Time to make a good system even better.

It’s time to take your Ring Alarm system and make it even more powerful, making your home even more secure. Ring announced several new accessories at CES 2019 that will protect you not just from security threats but from property damage and other life-threatening situations. The new Ring Alarm sensors, like the $ 35 Smoke & CO Listener will be able to monitor for smoke, carbon monoxide, flooding, freezing  [Read More…]

In-display fingerprint sensors and cold weather could mean problems

It’s all about that false positive acceptance rate.

It’s the time of year in the northern hemisphere where things can go from warm and delightful to chilly and brisk and that means it’s time to hear more about how fingerprint sensors on smartphones are having troubles. It might feel inconvenient, but there is a reason your fingerprint sensor might seem to work a little poorly in cold weather, and this is especially true of in-display fingerprint sensors.  [Read More…]

Samsung’s new SmartThings Wifi, hub and sensors smarten things up even more

The new Samsung SmartThings Wifi, Hub and Sensors.

Mesh networking, a new hub and sensors round out the company’s connected home aspirations.

Samsung today announced a revamp of its mesh networking system, featuring the new SmarThings Wifi system, plus a new SmartThings hub and sensors.

The SmartThings Wifi system uses the smarts of Plume (which Samsung previously invested in) to keep everything talking to each other as quickly as possible. Each Wifi router covers 1,500 square  [Read More…]

Grab the ecobee3 smart thermostat with three sensors for $200

Control your temperature from anywhere.

The ecobee3 smart thermostat comes in a bundle with three room sensors for just $ 199.99 total on Amazon right now. The thermostat by itself with one sensor is more than expensive than this deal. The two sensors sell in a pack for $ 79 outside of this bundle.

This is ecobee’s previous-generation model, which has since been replaced by the ecobee4 with Alexa built-in. The ecobee3 doesn’t have Alexa built in,  [Read More…]

Fingerprint sensors are still better than facial recognition

Face unlock is great when you’re wearing gloves, but fingerprint sensors are good for more than just authentication.

Alongside the various Android phones I’ve tested, I’ve been using the iPhone X for about two months now. One of the most noteworthy changes to the iPhone X over previous models is the removal of the Touch ID fingerprint sensor, now replaced with a high-tech face unlock function Apple calls Face ID. Some Android phones have similar features; the  [Read More…]