Awesome Stuff: Monitor Everything

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For this week's awesome stuff, we're looking at some devices that help you monitor, track and control things that are useful to monitor, track and control.


Most people's knowledge of the weather is limited to forecasts, the thermostat, and looking out the window. The savvy may check live atmospheric maps and other data, but few people are able to build their knowledge based on the full synthesis of information available to them. WEZR aims to change that: it's a weather monitor that combines forecasts with a variety of live data and its own array of sensors to derive specific, hyper-local and constantly-updated weather conditions and pipe them to your smartphone. It then shares sensor data to help improve accuracy for all users.


Anyone who's kept houseplants has also, at some point, let one die — while some of us have given up the endeavour entirely after minor massacres. Planty aims to make the task of caring for plants a little easier and smarter: it's a wi-fi connected planter pot that monitors soil, temperature, light and water levels and sends you alerts when upkeep needs to be done. Even better, it includes an automatic watering system that you can remotely control to feed plants exactly what the amount of water they need from anywhere.


Home appliances are getting smarter and smarter, but not everyone has the funds or even the desire to replace all of their stuff just to get access to some time-saving features. That's why devices like this are so cool: they add some of those features without requiring a complete upgrade or even significant alterations. Meld is an automated range knob that simply clips onto your existing stove and communicates with a wireless sensor that goes inside the oven. It can be programmed to make automatic, on-the-fly adjustments throughout cooking according to the needs of the specific dish. Not only does this make life easier, it vastly improves the accuracy of cooking temperatures since the average range is poorly calibrated.

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    Anonymous Coward, 12 Apr 2015 @ 1:05pm

    If Wezr uses sensors to 'track' weather does it keep track if you are indoors, outdoors, in the shade, etc... Wouldn't that affect its perception.

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    Anonymous Coward, 12 Apr 2015 @ 6:11pm

    Hyper-local weather? More local than local? Local, localer, the localest?

    Does it create a rift in space-time if I go to a certain local shop on the outskirts of Royston Vasey?

    Seriously, 'hyper-local'? Who comes up with crap like this?

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      John Fenderson (profile), 13 Apr 2015 @ 12:10pm


      It's actually a useful concept. I used to live in a place that had distinct hyper-local weather. Many times, it would literally be snowing, hailing, or freezing where my house was, but 80 degrees and blue skies five blocks over.

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