You should probably have a smoke detector in every room, and you should also test it regularly, thus making a mockery of Nina Simone’s song Don’t Smoke in Bed. However, some of us live in apartments in which the landlord can’t even provide a toilet that flushes properly, and so the hope of him fitting smoke detectors is a distant one.
For us, the SENSE+ was invented.
The SENSE+ puts the smoke detect on your nightstand. It’s a Lightning dock for the iPhone 5, and also a smoke and carbon monoxide detector. If it detects either of these dangerous and ethereal spooks, the alarm will sound and the app will automatically call pre-programmed numbers.
It’s great. In theory. Let’s take a look at a couple of the problems. First, it’s on your nightstand. The designers actually tested the detector against a photoelectric smoke alarm at this height and it sounded earlier, but as smoke generally goes up, surely it’s better to have the alarm up on the ceiling?
Second, it calls people. This is fine in a real emergency, but what about when you burn the toast? (You can switch auto-dial off if you like).
Still, it’s a lot better than not smoking in bed, so I’ll bite. The dock – seeking funding on Indiegogo – is $59, with an estimated delivery time of November.