Tado aims to make your dumb AC unit not so dumb

Tado aims to make your dumb AC unit not so dumb
By Joseph Keller on 12 May 2014 12:36 pm
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Tado has taken to Kickstarter with their new Tado Cooling air conditioning controller, a Nest-like device which aims to make your AC unit smarter. Connecting to existing air conditioners, Tado features auto-off, indoor presence detection, single-room control, and more. The device connects to your AC unit through IR, and is controlled through a smartphone app.

The free app for iOS and Android will be the control center for Tado Cooling. You can, of course, set the temperature through the app and use Bluetooth to let Tado know where you are in your home. You can also get reports through the app, including user behavior, temperature, and AC activity. The app also uses geolocation services to tell Tado when you're leaving home or on your way back, letting it turn the AC off or on according to your needs.

Tado plans to ship their AC control unit to all Kickstarter backers by September 2014, and it will be available at retail for $149. You can check it out now on the Tado's Kickstarter page.

Source: Tado Cooling on Kickstarter; Via: The Next Web

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Tado aims to make your dumb AC unit not so dumb

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This would be good. I have a remote for mine but I never know where I left it last, I still need to be home for it to work and only one person has control of it. I could get behind this :D

I really like the idea of a Nest, but the price point has kept me away. 1st I've heard of the Tado, so will take a deep look at what it can do - def seems interesting based on above.

Interesting concept. I would imagine it would require more setup for a central air system to service one room at a time. I know it can do multiple zones but if it doesn't have the damper then turning it on for one room would do the whole zone.

I've been surprised Nest didn't already put this out (going with the smoke detector instead). I'm going to assume they're already working on it, as it just makes sense. I like the geo-locating idea to turn it on when I get near my house, but really the design isn't doing anything for me. Nest gives a sexiness/wow factor, this is just a small step up from what I have currently on my wall

Going to the kickstarter page. This item does have WiFi. I wonder what all the controls are that you can do with it. I think it sounds like a really neat idea. Too bad the early bird ones are sold out!