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Cube Sensors are cordless, cloud-connected monitoring devices that can keep track of a collection of invisible measurements of the indoor environment such as temperature, humidity, noise, light, air quality and even barometric pressure. Physically, they are cool little enigmatic objects that sit quietly on the edge of a desk or coffee table, continuously taking in data and streaming it to the cloud. A smartphone app (iOS or Android) lets you check in to get a visualization of what’s happening and metrics attached to the different qualities of the environment. Alerts can be set up to offer recommendations such as when to ventilate a room or adjust the thermostat.

The idea behind the cubes is to understand the indoors so that you can begin to make connections between how environmental factors and how people feel. The product website talks about understanding the “effects of temperature and air quality on your sleep” and “when and why people start feeling drowsy at a meeting”. We can think of a few factors that might contribute to that last one that the cubes wouldn’t catch, but we still think they are cool.

Currently in startup mode, they plan to release the product in summer 2013. Find out more at

Posted by: Carla Diana

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