Wozart, the Smart Home tech company based in Hyderabad, India (which we highlighted back in 2018), have unveiled their latest product designed to work with Apple HomeKit. The Sense Pro multi-sensor is designed to work as an occupancy sensor, in addition to incorporating a variety of other functions.
The Sense Pro uses a combination of methods (called TrueOccupancy) with thermal imaging and built-in AI, to determine if people are in a given room, and if a person has entered or exited the room, where the sensor is designed to be placed above the entrance to a room. Thermal imaging is based on the heat given off by the people in the room, rather than movement, meaning you can sit motionless and still be detected as someone in the room.
The Sense Pro goes more than a little further, however, with additional sensors for temperature, humidity, and ambient light. As if that weren't enough, the Sense Pro even includes an IR Blaster to control devices that traditionally use an infrared remote, just like we've seen with the Aqara M2, G3, and P3.
The device itself appears to be battery operated, but with an internal battery, rechargeable via a micro USB port (yep, no USB-C...). This would be necessary it seems, because according to our questions, the device uses 2.4GHz WiFi to connect to your network.
We were told by a company representative that the Sense Pro is designed to work with the three main smart home platforms -. Apple HomeKit, Amazon Alexaand Google Home which is already the case with the company's other offerings. At the moment, nothing is known about the price and whether the device will be available outside the Indian subcontinent, but it should come out in December this year.
Wozart is not the only company looking at improvements in motion and occupancy sensors, however, with Aqara who have their mmWave radar occupancy sensor earlier this year at their annual product event. Also, Chinese smart home tech company LifeSmart is working on a similar device that uses the same technology for true presence detection.
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