Xiaomi launches sensors to help create a smarter home

The low-cost Chinese smartphone maker plans to start testing four new smart home products.

As Xiaomi looks to broaden its range of devices for the Internet of Things, the Chinese smartphone maker has unveiled a new plan for a suite of four new smart home modules that will offer enhanced security features. In a recent GeekPark Innovation Festival presentation, Xiaomi President Bin Lin revealed that the company will begin consumer testing on January 26. Bloomberg notes that the components comprising the Smart Home Suite will be a motion sensor, an open/close sensor, a connected module for home appliances and a hub to connect these devices.

(Source: Tech in Asia)

(Source: Tech in Asia)

Each of these modules will be capable of measuring things such as light, sound, temperature, and movement, while relaying information to other smart gadgets throughout the house. For instance, the tiny motion sensor can be placed anywhere and can detect a moving object with a 170-degree angle. Meanwhile, door and window sensors will provide homeowners will real-time, remote monitoring.

(Source: Tech in Asia)

(Source: Tech in Asia)

“In the past, motion sensors were very complicated and large in size, so that if you wanted a system you needed professional installation,” Lin told attendees. “For this suite, there is not a single nail or wire. These components are all very simple.”

(Source: Tech in Asia)

(Source: Tech in Asia)

The new products will also be equipped with a wireless switching device for appliances, as well as a multi-functional gateway that wirelessly connects the components with other devices, enabling control with the press of a smartphone. The soon-to-be launched lineup will join previously announced home products from the company including an air purifier that sends pollution readings to mobile phones and alerts users when its filter is dirty and a light bulb that can change colors by remote control. Tech in Asia reveals that the devices will communicate using the ZigBee protocol.

(Source: Tech in Asia)

(Source: Tech in Asia)

This announcement comes with little surprise, in the wake of a rather “smart” CES 2015 and a number of optimistic IoT reports. One in particular, IDC estimates that the market for Internet-enabled devices will grow to $7.1 trillion by 2020, up from merely $1.9 trillion in 2014.

“Xiaomi is well-positioned to take on this market, as it already has the cloud infrastructure, a hardware background, a huge fan following, and several devices at its disposal,” Tech in Asia concludes.

In the end, the electronics company is hoping that consumers will be able to use their smartphones to link all the smart devices together and control each of their appliances with a Xiaomi developed app on their smartphone — like the highly-popular, mXT641T powered Mi4.

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