Detroiters apply for FEMA help in wake of August flood – The Detroit News
The Detroit NewsDetroiters apply for FEMA help in wake of August floodThe Detroit NewsWashington had received a FEMA grant, he said, but he estimated it was hundreds of dollars below what it will take to repair the wreckage of his finished basement. "I had a lot of damage," he said. Nearly three months after late summer floods that …and more »
Keen Home wants smart devices that help prevent basement flooding (Engadget)
The promise of a smart home, ultimately, is to introduce savings of some sorts be it with time, effort or money. Keen Home is targeting the latter with its Smart Vent which monitors things like outside air temperature as well as the climate in your abode to regulate heat and AC. That happens via smart device, of course and apparently the whole thing can cut your HVAC system's runtime by 32 percent according to the company. What's coming down the pike, though, is what could be the most interesting: bringing "proactive intelligence" to otherwise dumb products in the house. Specifically, sump pumps that you can monitor from a mobile gizmo and will alert you should something go awry _before_ your basement turns into a wading pool.
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