Be the most informed person in the room with Newsy's free e-newsletter

View our privacy policy: http://www.newsy.com/privacy/

Smart Gadget Aims To Monitor Your Dumb Smoke Alarm

Leeo is a device that alerts you when the smoke alarm or carbon monoxide detector goes off. At $99, it's the same price as Nest, a smart smoke alarm.
SMS

We've heard of smoke detectors warning us if there's a fire in the house.

But what about a fancy — and of course expensive — night light that does that too?

Businessweek found one, and the beauty of it is it works with existing technology that's likely already in your home: a smoke detector and a smartphone.

"They don't know when you're there and when you're not. And they certainly won't alert you if you're not home. ... But now, there's a simple and easy way to make your smoke alarm smarter." (Video via Leeo)

The device, called Leeo, syncs with your smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detectors. It can ping your smartphone no matter where you are and let you know if something's awry at home.

The cost of that extra safety? Ninety-nine big ones. 

The same price as the Nest smoke alarm, which is a "smart" smoke alarm ...

"Emergency. There's smoke in the living room."

... as opposed to Leeo, which is a smart gadget to monitor your dumb smoke alarm. 

And compare it to a good old Joe Shmoe detector, which can run as low as just $8 but doesn't have smartphone capabilities.  

And if a night light smoke alerter doesn't do it for you, there are still plenty of other odd home safety devices that might — including fake security cameras and a smoke detector that's actually a security camera

This video includes images from Paul Flannery / CC BY 2.0 and Wade Morgen / CC BY NC 2.0

Featured Stories
Rep. John Lewis speaks at a podium

Democrats Are Boycotting The Inauguration Ceremony En Masse

Hotel Rigopiano buried in snow following an avalanche

Dozens Missing After Avalanche Buries Italian Mountainside Hotel

A graphic of Donald Trump taking the inaugural oath

The Attendance, Cost And Other Big Numbers Behind Trump's Inauguration

Want to see more stories like this?
Like Newsy on Facebook for More Coverage