Mi Home Bluetooth Hygrothermograph 2 launched with new features for ¥49 (~$7)

Today, Xiaomi’s Mijia crowdfunding platform announced the Mi Home Bluetooth Hygrothermograph 2. This is a successor to the model that launched last year. The 2nd-gen model comes with a new design and new features. The original Mi Home Bluetooth Hygrothermograph 2 has a round LCD screen but the new model ditches it for a square ultra-low-power screen. The casing itself has rounded corners. The new model ditches the AAA battery for a CR2032 coin battery. Unfortunately, it doesn’t show the battery level as its predecessor does. There is a built-in Swiss Sensirion high-precision temperature + humidity sensor that can detect up to 0.1°C changes in temperature and up to 1% change in humidity. The Mi Home Bluetooth Hygrothermograph 2 can be configured via the Mijia App and has been designed to work with related products such as the air conditioner, the air humidifier, and the heater. All the aforementioned products can begin to work or get turned off at a preset temperature. For example, the air conditioner can be configured to turn on automatically when the indoor temperature increases to a certain level. You can also have the heater kick in if the temperature drops during the night. ...

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CNN Underscored is your guide to the everyday products and services that help you live a smarter, simpler and more fulfilling life. The content is created by CNN Underscored. CNN News staff is not involved. When you make a purchase, we receive revenue. First things first. If you’re thinking, “Hmm, this new Echo Dot looks just like the old Echo Dot… with a digital clock on the front,” well you’re correct. From a design and internal hardware standpoint, they are nearly identical. The new Echo Dot with Clock has one core difference from its 3rd Generation Echo Dot predecessor: LED visuals. A clock now appears on the Dot, along with a volume indicator and weather information. It also comes with a $10 price increase. As I said in our 3rd Generation Dot review, that previous model is a capable smart speaker with a cozy, home-like design. So is the addition of an LED face worth the extra $10? The Echo Dot with Clock comes in one color — a white Sandstone — and fits in the palm of a larger hand. It’s powered by a 15-watt charger included in the box that plugs into a proprietary barrel jack on the back. One thing to note is that the cord is permanently...