Why are people going nuts for presence sensors?
by Tony Li, Smart Home Consultant
One of the most sought after smart home solutions is a sensor that detects a particular person as he or she enters and leaves a room. Unlike an occupancy sensor that lights a room when a person enters a room, a presence sensor will be able to identify the person by name or email address then relay the id to a smart home device to personalize a room, whether it is by music genre, lighting, climate control or other.
RoomMe Presence Sensor
Place a RoomMe presence sensor on the ceiling of a room and you've got person recognition for a smart home solution. As long as you are carrying your smartphone, the RoomMe sensor will recognize you as you enter or leave a room. This has possibilities for a myriad of solutions.
2. Plays your music playlist as you enter a room
One thing you can do is to program your smart home to play your music playlist as you enter a room. Smart speakers like Sonos or Bose when given the music source will play music from your playlist. The question is, what will happen if someone else walks into the room with a different genre? Would it take over and play someone else's playlist? Or does it play on priority and keep the genre on the first person who came into the room?
3. Warms or cools room to your taste
Imagine having the room warmed or cooled to your liking. The presence sensor with IFTTT programming can communicate with the Nest thermostat to set the temperature of the room for you. This would be really be good for a smart home to have but the same problem when multiple people enter the room. Will it warm or cool to the first person or the last person?
4. Sets the light and mood for you
Great for the bedroom if the smart home can set the light temperature and mood using smart LED bulbs.
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