Ecobee’s leaked contact sensor suggests it’s about to challenge Amazon’s Ring and Google Nest

Ecobee makes some of the best smart thermostats on the market, but like its rival Nest, the company may not be satisfied with that tiny sliver of the smart home gadget action. Dave Zatz of ZatzNotFunny previously revealed that the company was quietly working on a smart home camera, and now he’s discovered images of a contact sensor as well — and that suggests we’re only looking at the tip of the iceberg right now.

You see, a contact sensor is a fundamental piece of a larger smart home ecosystem, one where opening and closing doors and windows can trigger other things, like alarms, lights, or adjusting the temperature. (When the two halves of the sensor move away from each other — say, one of them on a swinging door — the system knows…

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Author: Sean Hollister