Louisville KY Real Estate Blog

Connecting your Louisville home to the internet!

So last week I introduced you to a new series in posts I would be doing this year about gadgets and devices for your home.  This week's post is about an item called Twine.  Twine is essentially a WifI card that has sensors built into it, along with batteries.  The other component of Twine is an online interface that lets you do "If this happens, do this..." programming.  For instance, a common occurance at my house is forgetting to place the clothes from the washer and place them into the dryer.  Simply place Twine on the washer, and setup a programming rule with the built in motion sensor, that when the vibration stops for longer than 5 minutes, send an email to remind you to place them into the dryer.  Such a simple task that causes me so much grief :)

Twine doesn't come cheap.  Priced at $99.00 per device, more than one or two isn't very practical.  However, I expect the cost of the device to fall in the coming months.  Built in sensors include an internal temperature sensor and an accelerometer for vibration, impact and motion detection.  Additional external sensors plug into the multipurpose jack.  Once plugged in, the additional sensors show up as options for the if/then programming logic.  External sensors currently available include a magnetc switch ( useful for doors or anything that moves ) and a moisture sensor -- can you say early sump pump failure warning system?

For more information, you can visit their website at supermechanical.com 


In your Louisville Home - Programmable Thermostat Nest

Happy New Years! I realize we are already 4 days into 2012... Most people had their first day back to work yesterday, which meant lots of catching up to do!

Finish Line Realty fully embraces new technology, usually long before our peers ever even hear about it.  That said, we don't go around adding technology, just for the sake of technology.  The founders of Finish Line Realty consider themselves geeks.  We embrace technology only when it makes sense.  That's why we are constantly upgrading and enhancing our website.  We firmly believe that technology makes our lives better!  We've come a long way in the past 10 years with the internet and connectivity.  Can you imagine what the next 10 years will bring?  We're going to bring you one unique item for your home each week this year.  Most of the items will have a high tech slant.  Not all of them will, but we hope you find them all cool and innovative.  We'll do our best to introduce you to items that help you save money.  Which is exactly what our first product is designed to do. 

The very first item we'd like to introduce you to is Nest.  A programmable thermostat that you don't actually program.  The thermostat learns, based on your adjustments when it should lower or raise the temperature.  Once you teach it a routine, it will follow that routine.  Going to be working late and don't want the thermostat to turn up the heat too early? No problem!  As long as you have an internet connection and a wirelesss router at your home, the Nest thermostat can be connected to the internet and controlled remotely.   You'll be able to use your smart phone at the office, in the car, etc.   

For more information, you can visit their website at http://www.nest.com