Why this matters: While these new devices are a lot like the sensor-packed smart “Cube” the company has been selling since January 2014, there are a couple of key differences. First, whereas their predecessor is limited to a single model, the Koto sensors come in three different flavors, each possessing a different set of capabilities. This is significant as you can now choose just the combination of sensors you believe would be best for your particular use case. Second, an additional “base station” or hub is no longer an absolute must as each of the three models can sync data directly with your smartphone over Bluetooth. And it helps greatly that the base station that’s on offer here is its own monitoring device.
Owners of the company’s first-gen Cube sensors will be happy to know that the devices in the Koto family are compatible with their existing setups. They can, for instance, use a first-generation base station to sync readings from a Koto Blink or Air to the cloud. Likewise, the Koto Storm can be used to extend an existing network of Cube sensors. Another thing to look forward to is the upcoming launch of the Koto IFTTT (If This Then That) channel, which will enable both current- and next-generation devices to directly pass on instructions to programmable thermostats, smart lighting, and other connected devices.
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