Cooling System Adds Mobile Connectivity To Old AC Units
tado Cooling connects to your existing air conditioner, and lets you control the temperature from your smartphone.
In their efforts to help consumers conserve energy by enabling them to control and manage their devices and appliances at home, companies are now developing smart products like smart thermostats and appliances. Companies like GE and Quirky have even developed a smart air conditioner that can be controlled via a mobile device, translating to energy and money savings for the owner.
Munich-based tech company tado, which creates smart thermostats for heating systems, has now come up with a device for air conditioning systems.
tado Cooling connects to an existing air conditioning unit via infrared and connects to the owner’s smartphone via their WiFi network. The app lets the user control the temperature of the AC from their smartphone. The cooling app automatically turns the AC off when the user leaves the house and pre-cools when the owner is approaching home. tado Cooling also lets the user adjust the temperature as they move from room to room.
In addition, the tado Cooling system has a humidity sensor and allows the owner to set a humidity level for their home. The device will turn the air conditioning system on from time to time to make sure that the humidity stays at that level.
The tado Cooling system retrofits to any remote-controlled wall mounted, in-window, and portable air conditioning units, so there is no need to buy a new air conditioner that will just end up as additional trash in the long run.
The Cooling device has a discreet LED display that shows the temperature only when the user needs to see it. It also has a capacitive surface to allow manual control of the AC. The app lets users see the conditions of the room and lets them control the settings for each connected AC.
tado has launched a Kickstarter campaign for the product to raise funds for production. The company is hoping to raise $150,000 by June 11th. Backers can purchase their own Tado Cooling plus the mobile app for $99, which is $50 bucks less than the $149 estimated future retail price of the device. Backers can expect their tado Cooling to ship around August this year.
Check out the Kickstarter video of tado Cooling.