Buoy could be a device that puts machine learning to work to save on your water bill. The IoT device connects to your home’s WiFi network and water supply to monitor how much is going where on a use-by-use basis (faucet shower, washing machine, etc..), in real time. It uses algorithms to measure water usage and suss out leaks and will deliver alerts to your mobile device when one is detected. From there, you’ll even do a remote shut-off so the basement will not be flooded when you get home.
Sounds great, right? Well, it won’t be low cost once it go on sale tomorrow. One Buoy will set you back $799, but, that includes installation from a licensed plumber and a lifetime subscription to the Buoy service. Things like integration with Alexa or Google Home haven’t been announced just yet, and from the looks of it, Buoy does not need a hub like other sensible home devices.
This isn’t Buoy’s 1st time around the block. Back in 2015, the corporate was called Calliope Waterworks and a year after founding, it showed off a remarkably similar device. The difference last year is that the water-tracking gizmo was only supposed to cost $250 according to TechCrunch.