Increasingly, we’re moving towards “The Internet of Things”; objects that have wireless connectivity, long memories, and the ability to “learn” your behavior so that you get precisely what you need around the house precisely when you need it. The smart thermostat is probably the best example of this, and the Zstat wants to make it accessible to everyone.
Smarter Thermostat, Smarter House
The basic idea is, well, a smart thermostat. You install Zstat in your home, fire up the app, and have it start tracking your temperature use. As it’s got WiFi onboard, and is wired into the mains for obvious reasons, you’re able to control everything from your phone. And, needless to say, there’s an API available for third-party software.
Another nice touch is that the Zstat offers backups for all your vital home sensors that, you know, keep you alive. It includes a smoke detector and a carbon monoxide detector, standard. True, you should still have both installed in your home; it’s a requirement of code and it’s important to have those sensors placed in specific areas for safety. You really want to detect the carbon monoxide before it fills up your house to your chest, after all. But it’s good to have that redundancy, especially if you’re forced to use battery power to run these detectors.
The key appeal of the Zstat, beyond the backups, is the cost: The IndieGoGo campaign is offering the Zstat at less than half the price of the most popular smart thermostat, the Nest. And, if you need matching decor, it does come in white, aluminum, and stainless steel, although, really, it’s not the color that you’re paying for. If you’ve wanted a smart thermostat, but didn’t want to spend Nest money to get one, this is finally the product for you.
Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.