Welcome to our gallery featuring the latest and greatest in smart home sensors.
If you’ve been keeping up with our smart home coverage, you’ll know that sensors are one of the key components that bring it all to life.
These sensors are what bridges the gap between the electronic environment and the tangible space of your home.
We love smart home devices because they allow our basic day to day lives to catch up with the technology that’s been improving the world on a large scale. In this more intimate setting, technology can be used to dramatically streamline the routine things so that you can focus on the important stuff.
The simplest and best way that smart home technology can make a difference in your home is to take the burden of drudgery off your shoulders. Smart sensors are exactly how this is achieved.
When you think about smart home sensors, you probably picture motion detectors. These are the most common type of sensor, and one we’ve been familiar with for decades at this point. In the past they opened doors at the grocery store, turned on hand dryers, and more. Today, they accomplish much more.
Motion sensors at home can allow for a bevy of smart home improvements, letting your technology ecosystem know when and where you are in your home, so that it can tailor function around the way you live.
Other types of sensors register temperature, humidity, light, sound, and more, making for a comprehensive suite of elements that your smart home devices can account for and react to.
While the most obvious advantage here is that of convenience, smart home sensors can add a layer of safety and security to your home. Few other technologies can provide the peace of mind that results from knowing exactly what’s going on at home, whether you’re in bed or out of the country.
No matter what smart devices you choose for your own home, you’re going to incorporate sensors of some type. It’s best to get educated about this new world of technology before making a purchase. We hope you find our gallery informative and inspiring.
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1. Samsung SmartThings ADT Water Leak Detector
For as long as homes have had plumbing, water leaks have been a serious issue for homeowners to contend with. Water leaks can cause severe damage to the structure of your home, and it can do it without being noticed for months. In the worst-case scenario, a leak can degrade the structural integrity of a home silently, lead to the development of dangerous mold and more.
The Samsung SmartThings ADT Water Leak Detector is a great solution to the problem of leaking water. This device can alert you to more than just leaky pipes. It can also alert you to problems such as humidity and freezing or high temperatures.
The damage that water leaks, broken pipes, and similar problems can cause can cost thousands of dollars to repair. In the worst cases, they can make a home uninhabitable. For the small price of this device, the Samsung SmartThings Sensor can easily pay for itself many times over by detecting a single leak before the damage is done.
It can be used via the Samsung SmartThing app which will alert you when water, humidity, or low temperatures are detected. When enabled on your phone or other mobile devices, you will be alerted to these problems no matter where you are. This gives you the chance to stop the damage before it starts in most cases.
This innovative device can be connected to ADT systems, for added accessibility and security. The device runs on the included AAA batteries which can be expected to reliably power the device for up to three years. However, it is recommended that you replace them at least once a year since leak detection is no trivial matter.
2. Samsung SmartThings Motion Sensor
Home security systems have been around for decades. Statistics show that homes that have a security system installed are far less likely to suffer a home invasion or burglary than homes that do not have one. The advancements of information technology have made the home security systems of today far superior to their predecessors.
One outstanding example is the Samsung SmartThings Motion Sensor. This innovative device can be placed anywhere in your home, and it’s affordable enough that you could place several of them in different locations if you should so desire.
When the SmartThings Motion Sensor is triggered, it sets off alarms, lights, or any of a list of other preprogrammed routines that you are able to select. The device itself is very small, about half the size of the average smoke detector alarm. That means that it can be placed unobtrusively in any room without getting in your way and without being an eyesore. Better still, it can be easily placed so that it is not in view of windows or doors, signaling potential intruders to find another way into your home.
It works using the “Zigbee protocol,” which means that you’ll need a SmartThings hub, an Amazon Alexa Echo Plus, or a Show 2 in order to use the SmartThings Motion Sensor. Of course, motion sensors are good for more than deterring criminals. This device can be used to detect the movement of wild animals, as an enhancement for a baby monitoring system, or to protect your car in the garage. The possibilities are limited only by your need and imagination.
Place it anywhere you want to detect unwanted movement for a quick and decisive response.
3. D-Link DCH-S16 Wi-Fi Water Sensor
Another great water and leak sensor for 2020, the D-Link DCH-S16 Wi-Fi Water Sensor costs more than the Samsung SmartThings Sensor, with the addition of a few important features that we think might be worthwhile.
The D-Link features a unique cable sensor that gives it an especially sensitive and pinpointed range of detection. The cable itself is 5.15 feet in length. The sensor itself covers 1.65 feet at the end of the cable- so, no- the entire cable will not detect moisture. This design is ideal for detecting water in very specific locations, locations where water would do the most damage.
The cable sensor can be run along a basement wall or any place where you believe that a water leak is likely to occur, or where a leak could do especially serious damage. It’s entirely up to you where you place the sensor.
It can be run into walls where structurally critical components of the building exist. If even a minuscule amount of moisture should come into contact with the cable sensor, it will set off a 70-decibel alarm and a flashing red light that are sure to get your attention.
With the use of the Mydlink app, you can connect the device to your phone. If the sensor detects a leak it will send a push notification to your mobile device.
Because of the enormous versatility of the sensor, this device can also be used to protect valuable collectibles from water or guard a precious vintage car from rust. The possibilities are vast.
4. Hue Motion Sensor
Another addition to the line of highly successful Hue smart home products, the Hue Motion Sensor is not so much about adding home security, although it does have the potential to function in this capacity, as it is about lighting convenience. The Hue Motion Sensor is designed to make your home lighting system respond to your presence and movement.
That means, it is about letting you use motion to activate lights. Imagine simply walking into a room and having the lights come on, every time. Or, you could arrange the Hue Motion Sensor to be triggered by the wave of a hand in a specific area.
Think of how liberating it would be to be able to activate the lights in your home without having to grope for the switch on the wall when its dark, or without having to stumble over things to reach a switch that’s at the opposite side of the room.
Hue Motion Sensors can even be set to adjust according to the available ambient light throughout the day to help you save money by never wasting electricity on unneeded light. With the Hue Hub, you can link your Hue Motion Sensor with the HomeKit setup. The system works with Amazon’s Alexa trigger responses.
It also responds to the Alexa speaker system, the Show 2, and the Echo Plus. That means you can use it to activate just about any smart device in your home, including TVs, audio systems, automated window shades, and much more.
5. Fibaro Motion Sensor
The Fibaro Motion Sensor is one of the more expensive motion sensors on the market, but it is also easily the best in terms of sensitivity and features. The one thing that makes the Fibaro sensor stand out right off the bat is its rather distinctive appearance. Many users and reviewers have described the look of the Fibaro as “a mini eye of Sauron.” The funny thing is that it really does look like a blue reptilian eye constantly scanning the room for trouble- which is precisely what it is doing, by the way.
While it is strange looking, it’s not unattractive- and it is downright powerful. It detects vibration and changes in temperature as well as motion, making it a pretty comprehensive way to detect any disturbance at all in a given area. Should a home invader open a window that’s around a corner from the room the device is in, it will detect the change in temperature. If someone opens the garage door on the other side of the house, it will detect the vibration.
That being said, it might be best to turn it off when you’re at home since there’s roughly zero chance that you won’t set it off every time you change the channel.
It should be said that there is a version made by Z-Wave, which is not as sensitive as the Fibaro version, so it’s important to make sure you get the right one. Also, you can change the color of the “eye” of your mini Sauron to suit your décor.
6. Minut Motion Sensor
The Minut Motion Sensor is like the Swiss Army knife of home security devices. It has the ability to detect motion with the use of its PIR sensor. But like the Fibaro sensor, it can also detect changes in temperature and noise. But the Minit sensor is about more than detecting potential intrusion. It can also detect humidity. This is the part that makes it interesting because as a humidity detector, it is so sensitive and so accurate that it can even reliably tell you whether or not mold is likely to form in the room it is monitoring.
If you want to talk about home security from a statistical standpoint, the average American home is more then 70% more likely to develop a dangerous mold bloom than it is to be invaded by dangerous criminals. That makes the Minit a seriously comprehensive addition to your home security toolkit.
Another fascinating capability of this sensor is its ability to detect the sound of other alarms in your home going off. When Minit “hears” another alarm in your home, it can tell what the alarm is (though you’ll have to preset it to do so accurately) and will send you a push notification telling you that the alarm it detected is sounding. This way, you can get a fire alarm alert or a motion detection alert from another room, and so on- all from the same device.
That means your Minit is automatically integrated with your entire home security system the minute you turn it on.
7. Onvis Motion Sensor
Our final motion sensor is inexpensive, unobtrusive, and looks like motion sensors that have been on the market for decades. While the Onvis Motion Detector may have a shorter range and fewer capabilities than other motion sensors that integrate with your smart home systems, it is still a worthwhile addition to your home security toolkit.
Because it is small and not visually distracting, it can be added to any room with any décor without becoming an eyesore. Because it easily fastens to a wall or any surface you wish, it can be strategically placed for optimal effect. Because it is inexpensive, you can place it closer to windows, in semi-outdoor areas, and in other places where moisture would cause you to worry about more expensive sensors.
Better still, while it is not waterproof, it is water-resistant. That means you really can afford to place it strategically in locations where the movement of an unwelcome visitor is most likely to be detected early.
The Onvis Motion Sensor has what it takes to be the workhorse of your motion detection system. Where one expensive motion sensor might do the job of keeping your home safe, four or five Onvis detectors will do the job with certainty.
8. SmartThings SmartSense Motion Sensor
This simple and discreet motion sensor can be programmed to trigger actions in a number of different devices, all connected by a central smart hub. This particular device is meant to work with Samsung’s SmartThings hub to allow you to set a wealth of conditions under which your other connected devices will activate. It allows you to turn lights on as you enter a room, trigger alarms for security while you’re away, and even set thermostats, window AC units, or portable heaters to automatically adjust based on temperature readings. The small size means it can be placed or mounted anywhere.
9. Samsung SmartThings Hub
Connecting directly to the SmartSense device above, this is Samsung’s second generation smart home hub design. The hub is crafted to become the centerpiece of your new smart home ecosystem, tying all of the devices together and coordinating input information to result in triggered action. Think of it as a literal hub in a wheel, and the array of devices as the spokes. This device allows you to receive notification about anything happening in your home, then control it all from your smartphone. It comes with a free companion app for any Apple, Android, or Windows device and allows you to add as many smart connected sensors and devices as you’d like.
One of the most straightforward uses of sensor technology is to pair it with lighting. This luxuriously styled aluminum wall sconce is designed as a lightweight device you can stick on any wall, providing light only as needed in fashion. Using both infrared and motion sensors, this device will activate its light based on occupancy and ambient light levels. Place it in a hall or room and it will illuminate your space only when necessary, in the dark and when you’re in the room.
11. Moen Arbor With MotionSense
This one-handle high arc pulldown kitchen faucet features a unique hands-free feature, courtesy of a motion sensor built right in. Without having to touch the faucet, you can activate water flow using simple hand movements. You can get right to cleaning without getting dirt, grease, or other residue on your faucet itself. Even better, it’s great for reducing the spread of germs. A surprising feature allows the faucet to stop the flow of water as it passes over the countertop, reducing the chance of spills.
12. Parrot Flower Power
This adorable little smart device is a wireless indoor/outdoor plant sensor that connects wirelessly to your smartphone via bluetooth technology. Arriving with a free dedicated app, you’ll be able to monitor the health of your plants from virtually anywhere on Earth. You “plant” the device into the soil along with your greenery, and it measures a suite of crucial parameters for healthy plants: moisture, fertilizer levels, ambient temperature, and light intensity. This device leaves the guessing game behind, letting you know exactly what’s going on with your plants. This way, you’re better equipped to give them exactly what they need to thrive.
13. PureGuardian Ultrasonic Warm and Cool Mist Humidifier
While humidifiers have been around for decades, they’ve never been this nuanced or useful. With its built-in digital smart mist sensor, the device guards against any problems caused by too-dry air in the home. Its 2 gallon tank is ideal for larger spaces, dispersing a fine warm or cooling mist into the air, extendable with included wands. The quiet operation belies a smart device capable of monitoring the dynamic level of humidity in your room, adjusting to maintain a consistent level throughout the day and night.
14. Quirky + GE Overflow Smart Water Sensor
One of the biggest worries for homeowners is that the home can be damaged while we’re away and unable to know about the issue in a timely manner, much less do something about it. Water damage is one of the most worrisome issues, and it’s tackled head on by this device. The sensor can be hung anywhere, while its extended cable can run around corners or underneath shelves to be placed in the optimal spot for monitoring the moisture situation. Unlike older water sensor products, this one connects wirelessly to your home network, alerting you via computer or smartphone the second it detects water. You’ll be able to save on costly repairs when you can do something about the problem immediately.
Here’s a closer look at the device itself, as well as the free smartphone app that accompanies it. You’ll get instant status updates any time of day or night, from anywhere with an internet connection. This allows you to actually act on the problem the second it occurs.
15. WeMo Light Switch
This handsome little smart light switch is wifi enabled, letting you control your home lighting from virtually anywhere on earth. Compatible with the Amazon Echo smart home hub device, it will become an integral part of your smart home ecosystem. Replace any old switch with the WeMo and you’ll be able to create customized schedules. For example, set your porch light to go on at sunset or set the kitchen lights to turn on before you get up in the morning.
16. Schlage Z-Wave Home Door and Window Sensor
Combined with Nexia Home Intelligence, this door and window sensor allows you to remotely monitor your home’s safety and security while you’re away, using either a computer or a smartphone. Anywhere you’ve got an internet connection, you’ll be able to check in on the house in real time. It’s the kind of peace of mind that was never possible before smart technology.
17. Elgato Eve Room
This elegant and attractive smart home sensor works with Apple HomeKit technology to talk with your entire smart home network. Its sensors analyze indoor air quality, temperature, and humidity, checking for volatile compounds. You’ll be able to monitor the air quality in your home from your smartphone, reacting to any danger and setting your smart thermostat in response, if it’s also hooked to the home network.
Here’s another look at the svelte device. It’s not only compact, handsome, and unobtrusive; it runs wire-free on long-lasting rechargeable batteries. Without a power cord, you’ll be able to place it anywhere.
18. Electrohome Retro Alarm Clock Radio
What at first appears to simply be a handsome, retro inspired alarm clock is actually a smart sensing device with motion activated night light and snooze, plus features like a digital radio, wake-up light, dual alarm, auto time setting, battery backup, and even temperature display. It can be set to gently ease you awake with increasing light as the alarm time approaches, letting you start every day fully energized and ready.
The sensor activated lamp and snooze functions allow for a simple hand wave to control the device, meaning no more fumbling for a snooze button or a light when you wake up. Of course, you can also set the radio as the alarm, enjoying your favorite music as you’re gently woken.
19. GE Personal Security Door Stop Alarm
This unique device requires no wires or complicated installation, as it’s powered by a single nine-volt batter. It can be placed at the base of any door, and will emit a powerfully loud, 120 decibel alarm when the door is opened. The compact size means it’s convenient to take anywhere with you, letting you secure your hotel room, dorm, apartment, or any individual room in your home. It’s great for warning about a forced entry and the loud alarm will be a deterrent for most would-be thieves.
20. Elertus Smart Sensor + Remote Temperature Monitoring
This tiny, discreet device allows you to remotely monitor the temperature and doors from anywhere on earth, using your smartphone, tablet, or computer. It’s the perfect companion for monitoring your home, vacation cabin, shed, garage, or anywhere else important. It connects directly to your existing wifi network and comes with a free companion app for Apple or Android devices, letting you customize alerts and enjoy real time monitoring. You’ll know immediately when a door has been opened or if the temperature has gone out of standard range.
21. Mother and 4 Motion Cookies Versatile Sensors
Designed to blend into your home and make life easier and more efficient without drawing attention to itself, this smart home sensor is compatible with Apple, Android, and Windows smartphones as well as the Nest smart home network solution. The “mother” acts as a central hub while the “cookies” are placed around the home at strategic points to monitor the home and activity within it.
You can be alerted if someone breaks in by placing one of the cookies at the front door. Carry one in your pocket to measure activity levels throughout the day. You can even stick one on a pill bottle and the app will remind you if you miss a dose. There are many more applications for this adorable smart home device.
22. BloomSky Outdoor Weather Station
This unique device is being billed as a sky camera plus 5 weather sensor, and it’s easily installed and ready to use. The fully featured weather device is housed in a rugged body to secure its wide angle camera, giving you a first person view of the sky and surrounding environment. The components include high grade sensors to measure temperature, humidity, barometric pressure, UV exposure, and precipitation. With its built-in wifi functionality, weather data and real-time images are sent right to your smartphone throughout the day. You can even access a stunning time-lapse video at the end of each day, letting you see all of the weather events in seconds.
23. Leeo Smart Alert
This handsome, compact device plugs into your wall to bring high tech safety into your home. Using wifi and a complementary smartphone app, you’ll be alerted instantly if your home’s smoke or carbon monoxide alarms go off while you’re home or away. You’l be able to listen, dismiss, or notify local 911 from anywhere with an internet connection on earth. The Leeo works with your existing detectors, improving your home’s safety without much cost. Beyond the safety enhancements, it’s also a good looking addition to any home, with a backlight that can be shifted through any of 16 million colors.
24. GE Motion-Tracking LED Security Spotlight Smart Track Technology
Spotlights are already a useful addition to any home security setup, but this motion tracking sensor equipped model will let you more efficiently and effectively monitor the outdoor spaces around your home. Dual motion sensors can detect anyone within a 180 degree field of view, and once detected, the unit will rotate its four bright LED lights toward the movement to track activity.
25. Automatic Touchless Soap Dispenser by SimpleOne Brand
This sleek and stylish smart sensor soap dispenser prevents drips, clogs, and germ transmission with simple hands-free operation. You’ll never need to touch the dispenser with dirty or wet hands with its motion sensor that delivers just the right amount of soap, instantly. It’s ideal for use in the kitchen or bathroom, and the attractive modern design makes for a welcome addition to any home.
26. 13.2 Gallon Motion Sensor Trash Can by Nine Stars
This handsome stainless steel trash can is so much more than it appears, with a motion sensor built in that allows you to throw things away hands-free. It’s great for reducing the chance of messes or the spread of germs, in addition to being simply a massive convenience. The soft-close system keeps things quiet, while the lengthy battery life ensures you won’t have to worry about replacements for a full year.
27. Towel-Matic Sensor Paper Towel Dispenser by itouchless
Here’s another great touchless kitchen product that utilizes sensors to become a smart home essential. If you’re washing hands, dishes, or anything else and need some paper towel for a quick clean up, you’ll be able to obtain it without getting the whole roll wet. This is fantastic for anyone with kids or even spouses who like to tinker in the garage, keeping germs and dirt away and making your paper towel rolls last longer.
28. Somfy Sunis Outdoor WireFree RTS Sun Sensor
Here’s a solar powered smart home sensor that is perfect for anyone with a motorized awning over their porch or patio. The device senses sunlight and can open or close your shade-providing awnings automatically at the right times of day. It can even be used in conjunction with a wireless wind detector for an additional layer of safety and convenience. If you value your outdoor time, this might be the perfect smart home sensor.
29. MAXSA Innovations Park Right Garage Laser Park
Here’s a truly innovative use of smart technology that could improve almost any home, letting you park perfectly every time. If space in your garage is tight, or if you just want to make sure you’re not damaging the car, the twin lasers mounted on the ceiling of your garage can guide you to that perfect spot every time. With a motion activated sensor, it will turn on automatically as soon as you open the door. The laser shines on a designated spot on your car to guarantee precise, worry free parking.
30. Roost Smart Battery for Smoke Alarms
We must admit, we hadn’t even considered the idea of smart batteries. This is a great improvement. The batteries allow your smoke alarm to become a smart device, transmitting alarms to your smartphone no matter where you are. Even more, you’ll be alerted when the batteries are running low, so that you won’t have to awaken to that telltale beep. The best part is that these last up to 5 times longer than traditional batteries, guaranteeing your safety for years.
Here’s a look at one of the notifications as it appears on your smartphone. Smart, simple, and direct, it can work wonders and even save your home from disaster.
31. Keen Home Smart Vent
Speaking of surprising uses for new smart technology, this smart vent can revolutionize the way you heat and cool your home. The smart vent creates an intuitive room-zoned system that will actively balance your home’s temperature. Regulating airflow in concert with the other vents in the system, it will enhance both comfort and efficiency, sending the right amount of air to rooms that are too hot, cold, or not in use for most of the day.
Here’s a close look at the vent itself. Note that it’s mostly unobtrusive, appearing just like a standard home vent. There’s no need to draw attention to itself when the results speak so clearly. With built in temperature and pressure sensors, it will control algorithms that extend battery life for years, in addition to regulating the home’s temperature.
32. WeMo Switch
This handy little smart home device is a wifi enabled outlet designed to let you control your electronics from anywhere on earth. Plug it into any outlet and plug your device into the switch, then grab the free Apple or Android app for your smartphone. You’ll be able to program schedules, say having your lamp or a window AC unit turn on before you get home from work. You’ll also be able to check on the status of your electronics from anywhere, so you’ll never have to worry if you left something on while out of town.
Here’s a look at the WeMo in action, looking as inconspicuous as possible plugged into a kitchen wall outlet. This is a great example of what it can do for you, turning the coffee on when it senses that you’re in range.
33. XV Signature Pro Vacuum Cleaner by Neato
By now we’ve all seen robotic vacuum cleaners, but this new smart vacuum from Neato is a real upgrade. This device cleans the floors of your home or office on its own, effortlessly picking up dirt, dust, pet hair, and more from all types of flooring and carpeting. It’s easily programmed to schedule daily cleanings at a specific time or simple one-off sessions. Even better, the software can be updated and upgraded, so it’ll be ready for new programming as it emerges in the future.
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