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Oasys wants to track your home water usage

Meet Oasys, a gizmo designed to monitor how much water you use, including watching out for leaks and helping you conserve smarter during droughts and related shortages.

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Have you ever wondered how much water you use on a regular basis and how your consumption compares to your neighbors? Barcelona-based startup Oasys just launched a Kickstarter campaign for a water-tracking product of the same name, designed to give you all of these details and more.

Here's how it's supposed to work: Go straight to the source -- your home's water main (which might be trickier if you live in an apartment or a condo) -- and wrap Oasys' wireless sensor around it. With that sensor in place, Oasys should be able to track all of the water that's going into your home.

The other hardware component is a rounded Wi-Fi-enabled wall-mounted device that goes in your home and looks a lot like the Honeywell Lyric Thermostat . It compiles all of the information from the sensor, along with the local forecast and watershed levels and sends you reports of your weekly water usage, including how it compares to previous weeks and also to similar homes. And, if you have room for improvement, Oasys is supposed to help you set goals for the future.

It sounds simple enough, but this device was actually developed to help people living in areas susceptible to draughts, such as California, to better manage their consumption. The team further hopes that Oasys will inspire everyone to improve their water-saving ways.

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Rather than relying on audio alerts, the wall-mounted Oasys device is equipped with LEDs that will change color to alert you to a potential problem. For instance, if the sensor detects abnormally high usage, Oasys will turn red, alerting you to a possible water leak. And if you aren't home at the time, you're still supposed to be able to receive a text or an email on your smartphone, although Oasys won't have any mobile apps at launch, only a web-based portal.

This isn't the first water-tracking device we've ever seen of course, but smart DIY versions are a relatively new product category. Belkin is supposed to bring its water- and energy-tracking Echo technology to market by the end of 2015. But, it comes with individual sensors rather than a single one that attaches to your water main. That makes Oasys' solution seem particularly appealing from a setup standpoint.

The Oasys Kickstarter campaign just launched with a €50,000 goal (that's about $55,000, £35,000 or AU$78,000 at the current exchange rate). You'll need to contribute at least €180 ($200, £130 or AU$280) to get an Oasys of your own and units are expected to ship to backers worldwide on May 16, 2016.

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