Miflora is a cheap(approx 10usd) small (4x2x1cm) waterproof sensor with a battery life time of 1 year +(??). It has temperature, humidity, water detection and light intensity.
So this sensor is great to monitor your plants but it can also be used for other things! So I will spread some ideas here
Water sensor - solder some extra long wires onto the soil measurement pads and place it under your sinks, dishwasher etc to get a warning when there is leakage, hook it up with a solnoid valve on the inlet water pipe and you will get discount of the insurance(at least in Norway).
Fridge temperature - monitor the fridge temperature and get warning if you forget to close the door or the power of fridge goes out. Place the soil moisture pads where the defrosting inlet drain is and you will get notification when its time to defrost the fridge, light intensity will detect when you open the fridge(you can track when your wife grabs food…) and temperature control might also be useful for power shortages warning.
For door/window sensor you can either cut off the the soil pads or modify them. You can place the sensor so that the light intensity sensor will change when open/close or you can solder a switch onto the soil pads and have this switch trigger when door window opens. How expensive are normal windows sensor compare to this solution?
Light sensor in windows/centralized - Cut off the soil pads. MEasure the light so you can control your blinds or adjust the light so that the illumination in the flat is always perfect.
Water tempearture - Strap it on to the water pipes with zipties and you can track when you take shower and for how long… (If you have the solnoid valve you can control how long your wife n kids are allowed to take showers)
Presence detection - It uses bluetooth, and if you have 50 of these around the flat it is probaly possibly to use some triangulation to detection on your phone to find where you are, or use the light sensor to detect motion, but i believe there are better solutions out there for this…
Other usages? Maybe @rlkoshak, @ThomDietrich or someone else have some comments on this…
Best of all it comes configured with openhabian!