Smoke Alarm

Birdi - Smart air monitor

Earlier I wrote about the acquisition by Google of Nest Labs on January 13, 2014. The acquisition was a bit of a surprise to most given the past relationship of the Directors of Nest being past employees of Apple.

The idea that Google is now in the fire safety market, helping grow the Internet of Things is an exciting development. That said, there are other developers also working on some new and innovative products.

Birdi is a new device that’s currently seeking funding of US$50,000 on IndieGoGo, a crowd sourced funding platform like Kickstarter. (At the time of writing, they had already received US$57,000+ in support, with only 6 days left).

According to the developers, Birdi tracks air quality, fire and carbon monoxide fumes to keep you healthy and safe.

Nest Protect - Intelligent Smoke Alarm

The big news at the start of 2014 was the acquisition of a company called Nest Labs by Google. Nest was founded in 2010 by two formal Apple engineers, Tony Fadell and Matt Rogers.

Not all Smoke Alarms are created equally

Fox News (Memphis, Tennessee) produced a news story that gives light on the differences between Ionisation and Photo Electric smoke alarms. They also carry out an experiment to illustrate the performance of smoke alarms.

In my view the experiment was VERY POORLY conducted and full of inaccurate statements. For example they tried to demonstrate a SLOW SMOULDERING fire by setting fire to news paper and timber a tin bucket. This is NOT a slow smouldering fire!!!

Then they conducted a FAST FLAMING fire using a pan fire with a likely alcohol or petrochemical accelerant.

Smoke Detector vs Smoke Alarm

Google Trends is a service provided by Google to where you can compare the world's interest in your favorite topics. Google Trends also shows how frequently your topics have appeared in Google News stories, and in which geographic regions people have searched for them most.

Google Trends works by analysing a portion of Google web searches to compute how many searches have been done for the terms you enter, relative to the total number of searches done on Google over time. Then Google displays the search results as a graph plotted on a linear scale.

So your intrepid blogger decided to see what was more popular a Smoke Detector or a Smoke Alarm....

Preventing unnecessary deaths at home!

A terrible tragedy occurred early this morning here in Melbourne, when a man died in a home fire that the fire brigade believe was caused by a discarded cigarette.

Cigarette likely cause of fatal house fire

Fire investigators believe a fatal house fire at Heidelberg Heights, in Melbourne's east, was caused by a discarded cigarette.

A 56-year-old man died in the front room of the Wordsworth Avenue home about 2:00am.

Metropolitan Fire and Emergency Services Board spokesman Bob Undy says smoke alarms in the house were working when the fire started.

"The smoke alarms had melted off the roof but being the early hours of the morning, it was unfortunate no-one else heard the alarm," he said.