tado° a high-tech start-up has launched the world’s first Internet-of-Things device designed to make remote controlled air conditioning systems smart. The launch takes place on Kickstarter USA, inviting people from around the world to back the project and be the first to receive tado° Cooling this summer.
The intelligent 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. Even users without a smartphone can take advantage of tado°’s intelligence thanks to its onboard array of ambient light, motion and noise sensors. With the tado° app on your smartphone you can keep an eye on how tado° is working for you. It also allows you to adjust your home temperature according to your preferences - even while on the move. On the tado° Cooling device itself there is a translucent matrix LED display and a capacitive touch interface for quick and easy adjustments.
The new tado° device is compatible with any remote controlled wall mounted, in-window, or portable AC units. 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. The combination of location sensing, weather forecasts and intelligent software enables tado° to achieve ideal indoor temperatures and higher energy efficiency with AC units already installed in homes and small offices. Here tado° leverages its experiences and intelligent algorithms it has developed since 2011 for the European heating market.