Belgian develops battery that existing detectors with network links




A Belgian entrepreneur begins on November 11th a collection for cheap, smart batteries that fit into existing smoke detectors and allow the detectors to connect to home networks. Users can receive a notification on their smartphone in a fire.

The collection starts on November 11 on Kickstarter and the first batteries to be delivered in May 2015, says the US resident Belgian entrepreneur Roel Peeters at EETimes. Internet users who support the project with $ 100, converted 80 euro, then get four of the smart batteries. The smart battery not only consist of a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, but also contain a microcontroller and wifi network. Solve the batteries should be $ 35 or 28 euros. Besides a notification when the alarm goes off, the user also receives a notification via the corresponding app if the battery charge.

The additional functionality to the existing form factor is possible because the company has developed a smaller 9V battery than usual. The extra space that is released is used for the controller and wifi connectivity, while also adding sensors amongst the options.

The disadvantage is that the lifetime of the battery would be better than those of a standard alkaline battery shorter. EETimes lists five years to ten years, with no details on these terms to give. However, the company claims to have developed energy management programs that stretch the lifespan. The smart batteries come from the pen of Peeters’ company Roost , which focuses on bringing internet-of-things-applications into existing devices in the home. “The question is where the data is in homes that deliver valuable information for consumers and made available via smartphones,” says Peeters.


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