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Innovation of the Week

Innovation of the week: Heat Seek

A tool to help chilly tenants prove their landlords aren't keeping the heat on

Many cities require landlords to maintain certain temperature levels during winter, but not all owners follow the rules. Tenants can sue, but they often have only "their own handwritten records" to back it up. Heat Seek aims to provide an objective record, says Klint Finley at Wired. The device uses internet-connected heat sensors to monitor a home's ambient temperature and then upload the results to the web. The Kickstarter-backed gadget has a built-in system so that just one tenant in a building needs web access to make it work.