GE and Quirky has launched Aros, an app-enabled air conditioning unit. Aros is Quirky_ first major connected appliance and the fifth product developed out of the Quirky+GE partnership, announced in April 2013. The Aros smart window air conditioner from Quirky and GE can be controlled from anywhere with a mobile device.
Controlled by the WINK app, Aros gathers information based on users’ habits, cost of energy and budget to automatically maintain the perfect temperature and maximize savings for the home. Aros gets smarter over time, ensuring that the user never has to return to a too-hot or too-cold environment again.
Aros can learn users’ usage patterns to automatically build a schedule, power itself down when users have left your home and will prepare a desired temperature before users return. Also, a “smart budget feature predicts energy costs using a user’s schedule, weather data and past usage information. Enter a budget for the month and users will get notifications when they are approaching their limit.
Aros was the idea of Garthen Leslie of Columbia, Maryland, who spent years helping to cut costs and conserve resources at the Department of Energy. Leslie said that it was his own dysfunctional air conditioner that sparked the idea for Aros. He dreamt of a smarter air conditioner, beautifully designed for the modern day, and submitted his idea to Quirky. Months later, with the help of over 2,000 community members and over 80 years of GE_ experience with AC units, Aros was born. Aros is available today for pre-order at Amazon and will be available at major US retailers in May.