Apple patent application describes a networked smoke detector

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The United States patent office published a patent application from Apple on Thursday describing a system where a smoke detector connected to a network can push notifications to a mobile device, like an iPhone.

Apple’s HomeKit platform for connected smart home products hasn’t officially launched yet, but official partners are preparing to roll out their products early next year. One of the logical first HomeKit products could be a connected smoke detector.

Generally, the patent application describes a smoke detector embedded in a connected electronic device. When it detects the presence of smoke, it sends a message to a wireless network that can automatically alert emergency authorities, activate equipment like sprinklers and send alerts to other electronic devices. Those alerts can be interactive: An example would be that the smoke sensed is from something burning in the oven, so you can tell the HomeKit notification on your phone not to notify the fire…

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