Notion's sensors can be thermostats, burglar alarms, leak detectors—or anything else you can think of.

Your home shouldn’t be a cause for worry, especially, when you’re at work, on vacation, or even just on the other side of the house. Notion’s smart sensors work with your smart phone to give your home a voice, monitoring what matters to you and sending you alerts when your home needs your attention. Stop worrying about your home with Notion so you can start focusing on enjoying it!

Most connected-home system use a variety of sensors to monitor your home. One can tell if doors and windows are open or closed, but you’ll need a different sensor to determine the status of your overhead garage door. Need protection from water damage? You’ll need a moisture sensor for that. Want to know if someone’s walking around your home when it should be unoccupied? Get a motion sensor. Would you like to be notified if your carbon-monoxide or smoke alarm goes off when you’re not home? You’ll need yet another type of sensor for that task.

This reliance on single-function sensors is one of the reasons connected-home systems cost so much. The guys at Notion think they have a better idea. They’ve incorporated eight types of sensors into one very small device that can be positioned around your home in order to detect a variety of domestic events — from doors and windows opening and closing, to lights being left on, to a smoke alarm sounding, to your washing machine springing a leak, your fridge losing its cool or even how much gas is left in a BBQ propane tank. It can detect motion, acceleration, moisture, light, proximity, and sound. The sensors will have an adhesive backing so they can be stuck to various domestic surfaces. Notion aims keep you apprised of what’s going on in your home, even when you’re not there with a little puck packed with sensors. You can’t buy it yet, but this device is absolutely tearing it up on Kickstarter.

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Notion sensor is a small and smart device designed to cater to your every need in home security and monitoring. The system has an incredible eight capacities which team up to alert you to the slightest or biggest movement, depending on your settings. The beauty in Notion is that it’s totally customizable; you can have alerts for nearly anything, and it can beef up your security repertoire.

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The company built Notion to fit effortlessly into your home. Just plug-in, download the app and place your sensors. No electrical rewires, power-outlet hunting, cord routing, or compatibility issues. Just peace of mind knowing that your home is safe and sound, just the way you like it.

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How the Notion system work?

The basic Notion package has three elements: a sensor that can attach anywhere, the central communication hub, and an on-the-go app that will update you in real time.

Each self-contained Notion unit contains a sensor for light, acceleration, orientation, temperature, natural frequency, proximity, and moisture. It’s basically all the sensors from your smartphone crammed into a little plastic puck. Each notion connects to a hub that easily plugs into a wall outlet. The hub has a WiFi radio, which is how it connects to your home network and sends you alerts. The Notion sensors have a battery that should last about two years and can be replaced by the user with standard coin cells.

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Give your home a voice 

You have enough to take care of when it comes to your home and your family. Notion lets you monitor your entire home, even when you aren’t there.

 

Because Notion has such a wide array of sensors, it can be used to monitor a ton of things around the house. For example, it can detect a door opening, movement in a room, moisture in the basement, or the sound of a smoke alarm going off. Notion can also alert you that a laundry cycle has completed, a liquor cabinet door has opened, a gun safe has been accessed, a light was left on, or even the level of propane in your tank. Incredibly, you’ll get real time updates of whatever you’d like. Notion goes a step beyond other security and monitoring systems; it alerts you to things that you couldn’t detect even if you are home.The system can push a message to your phone through the Notion app, or send an SMS/email with sensor data. The messages can also be routed to family or friends if you’re not reachable.

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The sensors have a range of about 175 feet (with walls in between) or 300 feet if there’s a clear line of sight. The smartphone app you use to manage the system will inform you if a sensor is out of range, and you can deploy multiple bridges if you have a large home (the bridges can relay data to each other, so you’d need only one bridge will cellular capabilities in any one home if you wanted that option). Customizing their function is done within the companion app. An Android app will also be available in addition to iOS. And there’s also the pre-requisite API being offered to drum up interest from third-party developers to extend the usefulness of the hardware. The high level of customizable flexibility should give Notion a better shot at adoption than more dedicated sensor systems that have focused narrowly on a particular target characteristic (such as, say, detecting motion or acting as a wireless eye). The sensors themselves can operate as a mesh network, but that feature is currently disabled because of its impact on battery life, according to Notion CEO Brett Jurgens.

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     The app allows the user to customise their settings in a rather unique way. Instead of tweaking the sensor or hub, alerts can be turned on or off within the app. So, the sensor will work the same way each time, but the alerts the user will get can change. The app can allow the user to alert a group of people if unavailable, such as a neighbour or spouse. Furthermore, Notion will learn and adapt to the habits of the users to get the ultimate security.     

The staff at Notion recommends a different amount of sensors depending on the size and amount of objects that need monitoring. They give the following recommendations:

–       1 hub + 1 sensor: a gun safe, liquor cabinet, wine cellar, or propane tank to monitor

–       1 hub + 3 sensors: couple of doors and a bathroom that could have water leak

–       1 hub + 5 sensors: basic home monitoring for two doors, a bathroom leak, and a window

–       1 hub + 10 sensors: complete home intelligence covering cabinets, propane tank, water leaks, basic functions of home security

To alert you that a door has been opened, Notion will not only use the accelerator sensor, but also the proximity and orientation sensors. Also, a sensor on a door could alert the users if someone knocks, a light is left on, someone known has entered, if it’s not fully shut, and even the temperature of the room the door is in. The Notion engineers had one goal with their product: customised security that allows people to monitor what matters to them. Other systems just don’t have this depth of knowledge and ability to adapt. Above all, Notion is discrete and inconspicuous.

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Notion is also as secure as the security it provides. The sensors are tamper proof; if anyone removes a battery the sensor an alert will immediately be sent to the user. It has fail safes such as data encryption, false packet transmission, and signal jamming. Additionally, if the sensor for any reason is moved from its original and intended location then an alert will also be sent to the system owner.

As Natasha Lomas of TechCrunch explains, the customisability will give Notion a huge jump ahead of competition that focuses solely on one of the eight capacities (like motion detection). Chris Hutton of Tom’s Guide thinks that Notion may not be as strong in all areas as other sensors specialise in just one capacity. He’s hopeful, but would like to wait until Notion comes out to determine if it’s as good as it sounds.

For the future, the engineers hope that Notion will have options for different voltage and also an app that is available in multiple languages to meet a larger demand and need. Notion will be available to work with Apple Homekit as well. For now, Notion has a set of APIs so users can connect other devices and even add their own quirks through mobile apps. Notion is keen to hear about the innovations from users.

Why the Notion system?

Unlike a lot of hardware Kickstarters, this device already exists and is functional. The campaign will be used to fund testing, refinement, and software development for Notion. The team was only looking for $50,000 to cover these expenses, but the internet has thus far graced them with over $200,000 with over a week left to go.

A single hub and Notion sensor will run you $129, or you can get a hub and three sensors for $199.