San Francisco-based startup Leeo has announced the development of a new “smart" nightlight that monitors a home’s existing smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and alerts residents when they sound.
Priced at $99, the Smart Alert Nightlight is used with an iPhone 4S or later running iOS 7 or newer.
“Leeo’s goal is to create smart home products and services that are simple to use and accessible to everyone,” said Charles Huang, COO of Leeo. “We often don’t have the ability to hear or interpret the signals our homes are sending us. The Leeo Smart Alert Nightlight is the first in a family of products that will work with the existing devices people already have in their homes, and provide additional control and ultimately greater comfort.”
Smart Alert listens to the existing safety devices in the home, recognizes when an alarm sounds and sends the owners, wherever they are, a notification on their phone. The app allows the user to listen to the alarm and gives them the option to dial their local emergency services. If the user does not respond to a push notification or phone calls, the app will then alert contacts chosen by the user -- friends, family and neighbors -- to notify authorities or emergency services on the user’s behalf.
In addition to hearing alarms, the device detects room temperature and humidity, allowing users to monitor the climate in their homes. The app can be customized to recognize preset ranges for these readings and trigger alerts when they exceed designated thresholds.
The LED-based light can be controlled via a dimmer ring on the device or within the app. Additionally, the app allows users to choose from up to 16 million color options to customize the light to suit their mood or home décor.
Designed by Robert Brunner, Leeo’s chief designer and founder of San Francisco-based design studio Ammunition, the Smart Alert has a modern, simple design. “Our design philosophy for Leeo is based upon building beautiful products that perform valuable functions intuitively, and that don’t require people to change their lives or create new infrastructure in their homes,” said Brunner.