The World's Smartest Smoke Detector?

Author: Brian Rhodes, Published on Oct 15, 2012

False smoke alarms kill. When 'traditional' smoke alarms are tripped by false sources like steam or weather changed, many people resort to disabling them to prevent annoyance. Thanks to a new type of sensor, a manufacturer claims it is producing a 'smarter' detector that overcomes traditional weaknessess and alarms on more than just smoke. In this note, we examine USI's IoPhic Sensor, investigate the 'difference' in sensor technology, and compare the cost against traditional models.

Product Overview

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