Knut Water: Monitor. Protect.
Knut Water: Monitor. Protect.
The smart water detector that can also monitor temperature and humidity. Everything you need to protect against water damage.
The smart water detector that can also monitor temperature and humidity. Everything you need to protect against water damage. Read more
About this project
Knut Water is the simplest internet connected water detector. Knut contains a water detector, humidity sensor and a temperature sensor all in a palm sized disk.
Use Knut near a water heater, in a flood prone basement, or in other areas where water would cause damage. If Knut gets wet, you'll get an alert right on your smartphone.
Knut is perfect for owners of second homes who'd like to keep an eye on things. Now you'll never have to wonder whether the heat is working while you're away. Using the Knut app, you can set rules on Knut to alert you if the temperature gets too high or too low.
Knut is also great for renters, especially ones with difficult landlords. Knut records all sensor readings and displays these recordings in an easy to read graph. That way there will be no doubt what the temperature was in your apartment last night.
Water heaters, dishwashers, frozen pipes, leaky air conditioners are just a few causes of water damage. In fact 37% of all homeowners claim to have suffered losses from water damage. Unlike other terrible things that can happen to a home, water damage causes can be detected early. With a little intervention one can decrease or prevent the damage all together. That’s why we made Knut Water.
We invented a new magnetic setup technology that cuts setup time down to a just a few seconds. No switching Wi-Fi networks, Bluetooth pairing, or setup webpages required. And because Knut connects directly to Wi-Fi, you don't need to install any additional hardware.
Knut doesn't just send you alerts, It also keeps track of what's going on in your environment, so you can monitor what has happened over time. Using the Knut app you can graph all sensors up to the very moment you set a Knut up. And the Knut app works on all major platforms (iOS, Android, Windows).
The Knut app also allows you to create rules, change Knut's settings, manage multiple Knuts simultaneously, and setup Knuts quickly and efficiently.
Reliable and free cloud service
Knut uses email as a cloud service. Knut connects directly to a folder in your IMAP email account and stores its data there. Because we don't store your data, Knut will always be free to use.
Want to have multiple people watch over your valuables? Prefer to keep Knut separated from your email account? Create an email account just for Knut and Knut will store its data there.
Knut takes advantage of the proven reliability of email servers. Many free email services claim no more than 5 minutes of downtime per month. And because Knut connects directly to your email server, any notifications go straight to you.
Long battery life
Knut lasts up to two years on two standard AA batteries. You'll get an alert when the batteries drop below 15%, so you'll know when to swap new ones in. If you prefer not to rely on batteries, plug Knut in using the integrated microUSB port.
Rules right on Knut
Knut's rules are easy to create using the rule creator built into the smartphone app. If you need a more complex action, rules can be written in a simple scripting language called K-script. All rules are evaluated directly on Knut.
A special thanks to:
- Matthew Wells (videography)
- Ian Theilacker (mechanical design)
- Austin Esmond (graphic design)
- Darren McArdel (web design)
- Elizabeth Pasek-Allen (graphic design)
- Iryna Hlushakova (photography)
We are excited to make a product that is both useful and easy to use. Since shipping the original Knut to our Kickstarter backers in 2012, we have received incredible feedback about how backers wanted to use our product and what features were most valuable to them. With this invaluable insight into the experiences of the engineers, collectors, and inventors who used Knut, we began work on the next iterations.
Today, we are pleased to share with the Kickstarter community a product with a streamlined setup process, sleek design, and specialized features attuned to water detection. We believe you will find Knut Water to be an exceptional device, but we also know that you will have some opinions to share. Your investment in this project can help us create a product that is customized to your needs in water detection and home sensors, to further advance Knut Water and in turn provide you with a better experience.
- Temperature range: -40C to 125C, +/- 0.3C
- Humidity range: 0% RH to 100% RH +/- 2% RH
- Water detection: Minimum water height of 1mm
- Expandable: Through integrated microUSB port
- Power source: Either 2 AA batteries or microUSB
- Wi-Fi: (802.11b/g/n) compatible
- Waterproof: IP67 waterproof rating
- Sound: Integrated beeper
- Weight: 71g (0.16 lbs)
- Dimensions: 74mm x 74mm x 26mm (2.9in x 2.9in x 1in)
- Free cloud storage: Uses IMAP email account
- App support: Free Knut App (iOS, Android, Windows)
- Graphing: Integrated graphing with Knut App
- Rules engine: Integrated on Knut
Risks and challenges
Because we've successfully completed and shipped a Kickstarter project before, we're aware of the unique challenges involved in launching a hardware product. This time around, we've already done most of the heavy lifting to help minimize the risk to you. Our injection molds are complete, our suppliers are lined up, and Knut's firmware is nearly finished.
But there's still more to do. With your help, we will perform FCC and CE testing, app redesign, packaging and begin manufacturing.
Like any large project, unforeseen challenges will arise and we will be sure to inform you of these challenges along the way. We will use this same level of perseverance in developing and shipping Knut Water as we did with the original Knut. We will do everything within our means to ship Knut Water on time and as promised.
We appreciate your support and we are excited to have you join us!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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