As a result, CTI invented the chemistry for the patent-pending BlindSpotz sensors. As the innovative leader in the use of thermochromic (temperature-sensitive) inks, it’s a natural extension for CTI to apply its ink expertise to helping residents find areas in their homes that let the cold of winter interfere with the enjoyment of a warm room.
Consumers can pay $300 for a fancy thermostat that lets them view the temperature of their home on their smartphone and then lower the thermostat to save money. But if people want to use less energy and spend less money, they need to know where they’re losing energy and know the tools available to fix it.
BlindSpotz is a pack of eight smart, elegant sensors that can be placed throughout the home to identify locations with energy loss. The removable sensors are left in place for three days during cold weather to record the cold spots. The perimeter of the sensor turns various colors as energy loss intensifies, measuring cold spots down to 50° F inside a home: a clear diagnosis of where a consumer is losing money. The sensors may be reset and reused to diagnose additional problem areas.
Once the cold spots have been identified, the consumer can seek help by taking a picture of the sensor and e-mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org , and in turn receive free information on how to fix the problem. The customer may also share the pictures with their local hardware store or contractor to start an easy conversation based on data.
“People operate on budgets, and they have lots of questions,” said Patrick Edson, chief marketing officer of Chromatic Technologies and GM of BlindSpotz. “They want to know: 'Do I replace a door or a window? Is my child’s room cold because the walls or outlets weren’t insulated properly?'"