Do you remember the Tado° iPhone controllable thermostat we published on Freshome a while back? The idea was taken further with tado° Cooling Intelligent AC control, a project that turns any air conditioning unit into a smart device. The tado° smartphone app detects when the last person has left the house, and automatically turns off the air conditioning. Additionally, when any person is on the way home, tado° begins to pre-cool the house. tado’s indoor positioning system, based on Bluetooth Low Energy/iBeacon® technology, allows one to move throughout the house without turning on and off the ACs. Instead you can rely on tado’s room-to-room feature to know what room to cool and when. With tado’s ‘Early Bird’ offer on Kickstarter, the device is available for $69 (the future retail price will be $149). Here is the official presentation video:
Users without a smartphone can also take advantage of tado°’, thanks to its onboard array of ambient light, motion and noise sensors. The new tado° device is compatible with any remote controlled wall mounted (also called ductless or split-units), in-window, or portable AC unit. It connects to the AC via infrared and links it to the Internet via WiFi. To setup tado° Cooling you simply point the AC remote at the device, then press the temperature controls and fan speed buttons to teach tado° the language of your specific AC unit.