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New Home Sensor Sees Everything

19 January 2018
New sensors can monitor all parts of the home. Image credit: Vayyar Imaging.

New sensors that enable home monitoring without sacrificing personal privacy have been developed by Vayyar Imaging, a previous CES Innovation Award Honoree and one of the exhibitors at last week’s CES 2018 consumer technology show.

The new sensors eschew the need for cameras, wearables and active user participation. Applications include smart home automation, security, elderly care and maintenance. According to Vayyar, the sensors can detect movement as subtle as the breathing of a baby, vital signs during sleep or a person falling in any part of the house. As a home automation tool, the sensors can be used for energy optimization for lighting, air conditioning and home appliances; as a security tool, they offer perimeter protection and detection of irregular activities inside the home. The sensors can also detect wires and pipes inside walls, discover moving pests or pre-emptively identify leaks. During a disaster, they can be used to locate occupants within the home.

The Israel-based company is known for developing 3D imaging technology that can see through almost any object or material, and has brought that capability into the new sensors — making it possible to work in conditions where cameras cannot, such as dim light, smoke, fire and flooding.

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