We can thank industrial automation research and development for our trusty home automation systems… so when I read that Timken is releasing the StatusCheck for monitoring industrial machines, I started thinking where we could use that or something like it in the home. StatusCheck is used to identify potential machine malfunctions before catastrophic failures occur. Because it’s wireless, it can transmit vibration and temperature data from otherwise hard-to-reach machines. The StatusCheck system includes up to 100 wireless transmitters, a data receiver and a companion software program. Pretty good use of wireless technology, but I still can’t think of where I’d use one around the house… anyone?