Most homes have smart devices these days; from voice-activated speakers linked to artificially intelligent helpers, to lightbulbs that work via app.
However, a tech firm based out of Delaware in the United States, has created a new sensor that aims to make those devices even smarter.
A NEW GENERATION OF SMART TECHNOLOGY
The new sensor from Xandar Kardian recently took home this year’s Consumer Electronics Show smart home innovation award. Traditionally, smart devices use infrared sensors to gather information (to shut off the lights if you have left a room, for example). The problem is, infrared sensors are not very accurate.
Xandar Kardian’s new technology uses radar waves that have an accuracy rating of 99.9 per cent, and go beyond being able to detect whether or not someone is in the room. These new sensors have the ability to measure your heart rate and breathing patterns; meaning the smart home of tomorrow will be able to tell if you’ve fallen asleep and then adjust the room automatically.
THE RISE OF RADAR
While radar technology is nothing new (the technology was developed in the 1940s) its application within homes is on the cutting-edge of smart home technology. What’s more, radar waves are totally safe.
And the technology goes way beyond being able to turn the lights on and off. Radar sensors can detect intruders, or even call a family member if you fall. It also has the ability to detect any sudden changes in heart rhythm, warning you or a medical team. So, it has applications far beyond just making homes smarter. It can be tremendously beneficial in places such as hospitals and nursing homes.