p A new mega sensor developed by Carnegie Mellon researchers can create a smart home without any expensive appliances: all you have to do is plug it into an outlet.

If you have a smart home or are thinking of turning your home into one, you probably know just how expensive and inconvenient it is: either you have to buy brand-new Internet-connected smart home products (which, as explained in the video, don’t even communicate with one another effectively), or you have to tag every item with an aftermarket sensor (which could get ugly really fast).

So how do you create a smart home that’s a truly connected network in a convenient and affordable way?

Well, researchers at Carnegie Mellon might have an answer: called Synthetic Sensors, what the researchers have developed is a prototype of a future hub that can track and monitor every activity in a given area.

There are a dozen sensors that measure things like radio interference, electromagnetic noise, motion, illumination, humidity, acoustic, and vibration built right into one product – all you have to do is plug it into a USB wall port.

As the video explains, the researchers deliberately did not include a camera due to privacy issues.

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