Cli­mate Chang­ers

HK Magazine - - GADGETS -

Sum­mer in Hong Kong means junk trips, bar­be­cues… and soar­ing air-con bills.

That’s why for the last month or so I’ve been check­ing out the Ambi Cli­mate, a smart air-con con­troller from Hong Kong-based startup Ambi Labs. This unas­sum­ing lit­tle box plugs straight into the wall and your in­ter­net con­nec­tion; an iOS or An­droid app en­ables you to con­trol your AC straight from your phone. But it’s not just lim­ited to en­sur­ing that you can walk into an ice planet when you get home from a sweaty com­mute. In­stead, the Ambi Cli­mate is all about keep­ing it smart. Sen­sors read both the tem­per­a­ture and hu­mid­ity in the room, ad­just­ing the air-con to de­liver your pre­ferred tem­per­a­ture—which saves you money by avoid­ing point­less cool­ing or heat­ing. It takes about a week of reg­u­lar feed­back through the app for the de­vice to learn what you like—and since then I haven’t touched the re­mote. The app is eerily de­tailed, with com­plex his­tograms of pre­ferred tem­per­a­ture and hu­mid­ity vs. real tem­per­a­ture and so on. The main thing I’ve learned? I like my flat cooler than I thought I did. $1,388 sounds like a fair amount of cash for a fancy air-con re­mote—but with the en­ergy sav­ing I’m pretty sure you’ll make it back in a cou­ple of months.


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