Imagine your doors locking themselves when you leave the house or your being able to get reminders to water the plants, fix the toilet or feed the dog. Welcome to the future smarthome, courtesy of AngelBlocks. AngelBlocks are little wireless sensors that are nifty ways to keep tabs on the mundane things that make up home upkeep.
Each block can be used for either one of three things: to notify, to monitor or to control.
With each AngelBlock system, you also get an AngelGate, a component that is directly connected to the Internet while being wirelessly connected to the AngelBlocks. Each AngelBlock can be attached to a myriad of objects either by adhesive strips or magnets.
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Users can customise each AngelBlock, registering them on a Web application and then programming them to do specific things at appointed times. You can even have them monitor your location or have them activate when you do specific things. For instance, if you leave the house, the doors will auto-lock or when you leave a room, lights can go off.
You can also use gestures like tapping and shaking to interact with the AngelBlocks and in turn the devices can 'communicate' with you by sending you notifications on your mobile phones or even flashing lights when you are in the vicinity.
The AngelBlocks are also energy-efficient and only use as much battery as needed. Each can last for approximately five years on a set of two AAA batteries, according to its makers. One thing the AngelBlocks doesn't do is use cloud technology, deemed too insecure and to avoid security breaches that would leave users' homes at risk.
AngelBlocks are also hackable and customisable if you have the skills and intent to modify them via handy 'maker kits' that will give you what you need to tinker with the devices.
The AngelBlocks had a failed Kickstarter that fell short by just US$5,000 of the US$50,000 needed but the AngelBlocks' makers aren't giving up and are instead, looking for other means of funding.