Are CubeSensors a Better Mousetrap?

There’s no doubt that having a decent grip on your environment is a good thing, but to some degree, calling a CubeSensor system a solution seems a bit disingenuous, like attributing health benefits to a weather station. The fact is that this product is a ‘system’ only unto itself; there’s no connectivity to the infrastructure of your home – It can tell you that the lights are on, or that it’s humid, but that’s it. In an interview, CTO Mrdjenovič was quoted as saying, “If you know what’s wrong with your environment, you can change it for the better.” That’s true, but again, you have to do the changing, because CubeSensor can’t.

Maybe I’m asking too much, but I’ve had significant exposure to automated environmental controls. I coordinated the installation of such a system, so I know specifically what’s out there and what’s possible in the commercial realm. That technology not only monitors myriad environmental factors, but manages the subsystems that control those same factors. CubeSensor makes subtle, but extensive references to being able to “monitor and adjust conditions for the better;” they also routinely term their equipment “cutting edge” and “industrial” in quality or feature. This may be a better mousetrap than inexpensive thermometers, hygrometers, and the like, but the fact remains that all they can do is notify you about conditions. To me, ‘cutting edge’ and ‘industrial’ imply the capabilities I outlined above; until CubeSensor gets a lot closer to that standard, they’ll remain an expensive curio, for my mind.

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