Business funded by Kickstarter launches an app that will remotely control residential cooling, and signs up partnership with Apples’s forthcoming smart home product HomeKit
US startup tado° has reached its $200k Kickstarter funding target to develop a cooling app for remote control of AC products. The company says its product is compatible with ‘over 1 billion air conditioning units from North and South America to Australasia and Southern Europe, where energy efficiency plans are still largely lacking.’
tado° is now planning on adapting both its cooling and heating products to integrate with Apple’s HomeKit smart home product by the autumn of 2014.
Scheduled to be released with Apple’s new iOS 8, the HomeKit comprises a set of software features designed to expand its activities in the connected home sector, simplifying communication between Apple devices and any connected device around the home. tado° reports that Apple is currently teaming up with manufacturers offering Internet of Things devices including smart thermostats, connected light bulbs and smart locks.
With the HomeKit integration, tado° users will be able to get even more out of tado°’s products when they own an Apple device, the company says: ‘For example it will allow for convenient temperature or sleep time changes in the tado° app with a quick Siri voice command such as “Going to bed now” or by simply pressing the home button in combination with TouchID. In addition, tado° users will be able to create a multitude of combined scenarios with other connected device manufacturers that will integrate with HomeKit.’
Christian Deilmann, founder and CEO of tado° said: “We believe in intelligent technology that is intuitive and automatically ensures that no energy is wasted,” says Christian Deilmann, founder and CEO at tado°.
The tado° app automatically adjusts the AC using a geo-aware app for outdoor and indoor presence detection: When the last person leaves the house, the system automatically turns off the air conditioning and pre-cools before the owners arrive back home. Thanks to its room-to-room feature, the system knows what room to cool and when, ‘empowering consumers to save both energy and money without constraining comfort’, the company says.