Fibaro is one of the companies that made the biggest impact on us at CES 2014. They brought refreshing style to Z-Wave based home automation devices. Unfortunately we were left waiting to purchase many of their devices as they lined up distribution options in the United States. This week their most recognizable device is now shipping in the U.S.
You can now purchase the Fibaro Motion Sensor on Amazon for $59.99. That sounds like a lot of money for a motion sensor. Other motion sensors can usually be had for as low as $35, but Fibaro makes a good case for their device.
For starters, Fibaro’s motion sensor is gorgeous. It’s also small which is important for a device you may have in main living areas and entrances to your home. It also does a lot more than just motion detection. Fibaro’s unit also includes a temperature sensor and an accelerometer. The built-in temperature sensor could easily be used with compatible thermostats to help adjust the temperature throughout your house. Plus, temperature sensors alone can cost over $30.
Placing an accelerometer in a motion sensor may not have the most obvious benefit, but it’s actually really smart. Because the sensor knows if it’s moving, it can notify you that someone is potentially tampering with the device.
All of these features, plus the beautiful design, make Fibaro’s motion sensor an easy product to recommend to anyone who is building out a Z-Wave based home automation system.