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Tado, the location-aware alternative to the Nest smart thermostat, has confirmed that it has achieved its Kickstarter goal to launch a device to control existing air-conditioners, turning them into smart cooling systems.

 

We talked about the GE-backed Quirky Aros in March which can now be purchased at Amazon.

Tado is now aiming to raise an additional $50k to allow Tado Cooling to integrate with Apple’s HomeKit, enabling Siri control.

If HomeKit is integrated, our customers will be able to use the tado° app together with some key iOS features such as Siri or TouchID.

  • Imagine setting your tado° to sleep mode or adjusting the desired temperature with a simple voice command.
  • Imagine giving your AC a little boost just by placing your finger on the home button.
  • Imagine combined scenarios with other connected devices …

Tado says that its system will be compatible with 82 percent of existing air-conditioning units, with a control unit working in the same way as its smart thermostat: using an app to track the location of those in the household, automatically turning off air-conditioners when the last person leaves the home and pre-cooling the home when it detects that someone is on their way back.

Low-energy Bluetooth is also used to track the position of people within the home, automatically adjusting air-conditioners within different rooms.

Tado Cooling will retail for $149, but Kickstarter backers can pre-order for $99, with units expected to ship in August. The existing product is fully funded, but currently needs an additional $47,000 in the next six days to add HomeKit support.

Other iOS controlled home cooling systems on the market and in the news include Big Ass Fans.

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4 Responses to “Tado confirms smart air-conditioning controller funded, aiming now for Apple HomeKit support”

  1. Then Siri will reply, “Would you like me to call home?” or “I don’t know what you mean by “call my gnome to twenty one the bees” “

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  2. rakinjannot says:

    Combine this with “Hey Siri” and home integration just got a whole lot cooler

    “Hey Siri, can you turn the heat down?”
    “Already on it, sir”

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  3. jakexb says:

    “The existing product is fully funded, but currently needs an additional $47,000 in the next six days to add HomeKit support.”

    Really? $47k more to support HomeKit??

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