Knut Will Sense Environmental Conditions and Email You

Have you ever wished that you could be in two or more places at once? We all know that's impossible, but with the help of internet-connected devices, we can at least keep our eyes on multiple places. Remote webcams are nothing new, but for the other senses, such as temperature, humidity and vibrations, there's the Knut device currently seeking funding on Kickstarter.

The Knut is a small sensor box that's powered by two AAA batteries and can provide updates emailed via a Wi-Fi connection. The creators suggest the following uses for the Knut:

  • Monitor the temperature of your home or aquarium
  • Monitor the humidity in your basement or cigar collection
  • Tell if someone has opened your liquor cabinet or refrigerator door
  • Measure how much vibration a package experiences during shipping

Server admins may also find the temperature sensing feature to be a good backup for existing systems.

Serial Sensor Devices (8 maximum):

  • Waterproof Temperature
  • Humidity (Contains 2 sensors: Humidity and Temperature)
  • 3-Axis Accelerometer (Contains 3 sensors: X axis, Y axis, and Z axis)

Non Serial Sensor Devices (2 maximum):

  • Door switch
  • Water presence
  • Breakout Board (Simulates 2 sensors. Either can be digital or analog)

Check out the full details of the Knut at Kickstarter.

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Marcus Yam
Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.
  • zachusaman
    thats just knuts...
  • technicalbass
    Fix your link to their website toms. Sheesh. More mistakes here than any other website I've encountered on the net. Pretty sad for a tech site.
  • ddan49
    All of this just to avoid going outside... gosh... ;)
  • CKKwan
    I suggest they should add a Geiger Muller counter as well..
  • DarkenMoon97
    So it will email me if it thinks my house is on fire? AWESOME!
  • sixpac502
    The weed growers will be happy.
  • Albyint

    Heheheh. >_>
  • apache_lives
    did anyone else misread that name.....
  • fishy8082
    I am so pumped to have this on toms. you guys rock!