It's starting to seem inevitable that we will end up on the bandwagon that is self-tracking, whether we like it or not. While most of the recent tech-enhanced products seem to focus on logging fitness data, you might be wondering, "What about other things I could be tracking?" Well, if there happens to be room in your cloud after an onslaught of Nike Fuel Band data, CubeSensors are a set of environmental sensors that allow you to keep tabs on your indoor spaces.
The CubeSensors record interior conditions and store them in the cloud for access from any mobile device. A cleverly designed app sends you notices and suggestions about how you might better your indoor environment for greater productivity or comfort. Likewise, in contrast to the number of wearable tech items, the cubes are being pitched as an addition to both the home and the office. Essentially, they appear to give you the option of blaming your environment—not your boring powerpoint presentation—for low employee productivity.
What's nice about the CubeSensors is that they track your immediate environment and are designed to be relatively non-intrusive. Among an array of objects that demand attention to log your daily life, the sensor and app combo offers quick and convenient access to bettering your interior space.
The cubes are available for pre-order with a Summer 2013 release date. The wireless sensors also notably lack an on/off switch (operating only in proximity to the base station) and claim an impressive two month battery life. The cubes are definitely intriguing, but will set you back about $250 a pair or $350 for a set of four. Are they worth the price tag to maintain the premier level of humidity in your home or workspace? The tipping point for success will be the quality of the notification feedback. Until then, we'll probably just switch on a few lights or open a window.
Teshia Treuhaft is a Michigan-born designer. Upon graduating from back-to-back degrees, a BFA from the University of Michigan and MFA of Furniture Design from RISD, she moved to Berlin to pursue a research project considering shifting paradigms in design education. Teshia currently works at the tangible UX startup Senic.