CES 2017: ConnectSense Announces HomeKit-Compatible Sensors and Bluetooth Extender

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At the Consumer Electronics Show that's taking place this week, ConnectSense is showing off its latest connected home products, including HomeKit-compatible sensors and a new Bluetooth Extender.

ConnectSense's Bluetooth Extender serves as a Bluetooth to Wi-Fi converter and is designed to allow users to access and control their Bluetooth-enabled sensors and products outside of their homes.


The Bluetooth Extender works with HomeKit or with the ConnectSense Cloud, and when paired with ConnectSense's new Bluetooth-enabled temperature and water sensors, it allows those sensors to be accessed from anywhere. It also works with other Bluetooth-enabled sensors, such as those from Elgato's Eve lineup.

With ConnectSense cloud, sensor data is saved to the cloud and notifications can be sent to a smartphone or via email. Using the ConnectSense Bluetooth Extender, HomeKit users do not need to have an Apple TV or an iPad to access their Bluetooth-enabled accessories, which were previously the only way to use Bluetooth HomeKit products when away from the home.

ConnectSense is also showing off its Smart Outlet and the aforementioned new sensors, the Bluetooth Temperature & Humidity Sensor, which detects room temperature, and the ConnectSense Bluetooth Water sensor, designed to detect water and send alerts before damage can be caused. Both sensors work over Bluetooth and are powered by AAA batteries.

Water Sensor on left, Temperature Sensor on right

Pricing and specific release dates for the sensors and the Bluetooth Extender have not yet been announced.

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Bluetooth is definitely the theme this year at CES. Likely with Bluetooth 5 coming. That said, I can't justify a water/humidifier Bluetooth sensor. Especially being It's runs on batteries and I'm not sure how efficient it would be.
 
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Bluetooth is definitely the theme this year at CES. Likely with Bluetooth 5 coming. That said, I can't justify a water/humidifier Bluetooth sensor. Especially being It's runs on batteries and I'm not sure how efficient. Is would be.

I don't have this one, but I have the Eve temperature sensors. They run for a long time on a couple of batteries.
 
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Bluetooth is definitely the theme this year at CES. Likely with Bluetooth 5 coming. That said, I can't justify a water/humidifier Bluetooth sensor. Especially being It's runs on batteries and I'm not sure how efficient. Is would be.
I think all the water seNsors are battery powered.
 

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Bluetooth is definitely the theme this year at CES. Likely with Bluetooth 5 coming. That said, I can't justify a water/humidifier Bluetooth sensor. Especially being It's runs on batteries and I'm not sure how efficient. Is would be.

Bluetooth Low Energy is extremely efficient. I'm not sure whether you are doing this, but people really need to stop thinking of Bluetooth energy usage from the classic bluetooth standpoint (headphones/headset/speaker).

My company has placed a ton of Bluetooth iBeacons that run for over a year on a couple of AA batteries. I would expect comparable life expectancy from a sensor that transmits less frequently, but has sensor input to process as well.
 

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Bluetooth is definitely the theme this year at CES. Likely with Bluetooth 5 coming. That said, I can't justify a water/humidifier Bluetooth sensor. Especially being It's runs on batteries and I'm not sure how efficient. Is would be.

These sensors will run for an estimated 8-12 months. We don't have the final number yet but it's safe to say you will not be running around changing batteries very often.

Battery power is also key because many places where you may have leaks like basements or under sinks don't have easy access to power
 
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These sensors will run for an estimated 8-12 months. We don't have the final number yet but it's safe to say you will not be running around changing batteries very often.

Battery power is also key because many places where you may have leaks like basements or under sinks don't have easy access to power

Excellent points and thank you for sharing the battery feedback. I never considered the concerns with water near the outlet for this product, where Bluetooth battery powered devices can be placed in a more discreet location.
 

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I think these sensors and the BT extender/repeater will be very important additions to the Apple HomeKit system. I was waiting for a BT extender for use with some other products and HK enabled water sensors - hadn't thought about the water sensor being BT - makes a lot of sense.

Hoping these are available soon.
 
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These sensors will run for an estimated 8-12 months. We don't have the final number yet but it's safe to say you will not be running around changing batteries very often.

Battery power is also key because many places where you may have leaks like basements or under sinks don't have easy access to power

I would say, put them in your calendar to change when you do your smoke alarms, if you have the battery operated ones that require a yearly change. I am seriously looking at these for two areas in my house.
 
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I would say, put them in your calendar to change when you do your smoke alarms, if you have the battery operated ones that require a yearly change. I am seriously looking at these for two areas in my house.
They will also notify you when the battery is low, one of the ways connected technology is better!
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I think these sensors and the BT extender/repeater will be very important additions to the Apple HomeKit system. I was waiting for a BT extender for use with some other products and HK enabled water sensors - hadn't thought about the water sensor being BT - makes a lot of sense.

Hoping these are available soon.
Thanks @robnbill cant wait to get them in your hands later this year!
 
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