Increasingly, we move in the direction of “Internet of Things”; Objects that have wireless connectivity, long memories, and the ability to “learn” your behavior so you get exactly what you need around the house just when you need it. The smart thermostat is probably the best example, and the ZSTAT wants to make it accessible to everyone.
Smart thermostat, Smarter house
The basic idea is, well, an intelligent thermostat. You install ZSTAT in your home, launch the app, and have it start to track your temperature usage. Since it gets WiFi on board, and gets wired into the network for obvious reasons, you are able to control everything from your phone. And needless to say, it’s an API for third-party software.
Another nice touch is that the ZSTAT provides backups for all your important home sensors, which, you know, keep you alive. It contains a smoke detector and a carbon monoxide detector, standard. True, you should still have both installed in your home; It is a requirement of code and it is important to have these sensors placed in certain areas for safety. You really want to detect the carbon monoxide before it fills your house on 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 attraction of the ZSTAT, about the fuses, the cost: The IndieGoGo campaign is the ZSTAT at less than half the price of the most popular intelligent thermostat that offers the nest. And if you need decor fitting, it comes in white, aluminum and stainless steel, though, really, it’s not the color you’re paying for. If you’ve wanted a smart thermostat but did not want to spend Nest to get one, that’s finally the product for you.