Sensibo wants to make any air conditioner smart and bring down your electricity bill

By Jos
May 30, 2014
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  1. Just a couple of weeks after Tado launched its Kickstarter campaign, another startup has surfaced to challenge it and Nest in the world of smart temperature control. The Israeli-based team is looking to raise $70,000 on Indiegogo to fund Sensibo,...

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  2. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,383   +105

    Down here the AC is on 24/7 except for the months where it dips down to 30F. This device sounds promising but in real world living it might save less than their claims. Electric providers would make it so it only save you 40%. Maybe it really can save your 100% on your electric bill if so that would change how electric receiving funds get reduce. Best way is to install solar and wind tech on homes thus reducing all energy needs and then sell the power you produce back to the power grin thus reducing your bill even more.

    This product has high hopes, but for this new tech to work in most modern cooling central systems I am sure there will be additional up keep or service contracts. Who's going to service defective controllers or pods.
  3. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,462   +1,760

    Oh goodie, another piece of electronic garbage to save people from thinking or doing anything for themselves.

    The efficiency of any air conditioner is built into the unit from the start. How you use it, determines how much you'll save or spend on electricity.

    If you're too stupid to turn the air downstairs air lower when you're upstairs in bed under another unit, think of that huge electric bill as a fine for you're own laziness.

    I see people all the time that think they're entitled to 65 degrees inside, when it's 105 outside. They should learn to make do with 80.

    So now, you need another crap device, (Sensibo), that hooks to yet another crap device (smart phone), that connects to the internet, (fool's paradise), to save you the trouble of pushing a button, or turning a thermostat knob? Get real, and get off your a**.
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  4. nikpower19

    nikpower19 TS Rookie

    same was said for the computers, FYI
  5. Stan57

    Stan57 TS Rookie

    Well I agree when the weather gets to summer peak the A/C is on 24/7 so no real savings can be made UNLESS you turn the A/C to 75 and above. I also believe all A/Cs should be made with Power saver mode and real working thermostats. As far as what they want in temp its none of your nor my business they are paying the bills not you. So if they want it at 65 so be it don't play judge and jury

  6. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,462   +1,760

    FYI, I was there when it was said. The computer is a response to an old joke, "I would be into pornography, but I don't have a pornograph to play it on". Now I have at least 6.

    With that said, you should be one of this first to jump on the Sensibo bandwagon. It's really an IQ test in disguise. You buy one of these devices, to find out if you've been lied to about its worth. And don't forget to give them all your personal information while you're at it!;)
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  7. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar TS Evangelist Posts: 6,477   +965

    This is a good idea and the video was pretty entertaining. But this is basically Nest for local ACs...
  8. Nima304

    Nima304 TS Guru Posts: 365   +81

    Anything with a remote management interface built into the Internet - that says absolutely nothing about how it secures that interface from attackers - cannot be trusted in this day and age. All I see are a bunch of pissed off customers that come home to their A/C devices turned off and smartphones infected because of a software vulnerability on this device.
  9. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,462   +1,760

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but so far, isn't Nest a big fail?
  10. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar TS Evangelist Posts: 6,477   +965

    To some it is, to some it isnt. It matters who you ask.
  11. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,462   +1,760

    I still see this as a scam product. Modern whole house AC, is already "smart". And the people themselves are what is costing them money.

    With energy costs soaring, the average American, has to buck up, and learn to cope with summer heat, instead of fleeing from it. We'll be complaining about the cold soon enough. No need to live it in advance.

    The cooler you keep your home, the more dramatic the heat is when you have to deal with it. That's where the savings should be, turn the frakkin' air down yourself. You really don't need a new toy to do it for you. In fact, the money you piss away for a "Sensibo", would probaly pay most of your electric bill for the hottest month of the year.

    Today's society is truly bizarre, with dependence on smart phone apps for just about every insignificant taskl. Some fool writes an app for something a ten year old should be able to figure out for them self, and it makes the eleven o'clock news as a "breakthrough".

    I'm not a luddite, and I'm fully aware of the many ways the computer and internet enrich our daily lives. But, I really enjoy playing the guitar, because there isn't an app for it. And I really don't mind picking up that big, heavy, remote control, and setting my AC all by myself.

    Besides, I sincerely doubt that this device can save someone who is already energy conscious, 40%. That sounds like a number someone pulled out of their a**, to use while begging for money.

    Although, they could probably sell a boatload of this junk on QVC, to the witless and unsuspecting.
    Last edited: May 30, 2014
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  12. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 1,937   +157

    I live in AZ people usually go from 75-81 on their ac and some crazies have swamp coolers oh my is that miserable in the peak of summer. A app to control my ac no thx it would be quicker to get off my azz and change it.
  13. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar TS Evangelist Posts: 6,477   +965

    I think what makes it really "Smart" versus one of those Honeywell thermostats is that it has an iPhone and Android app that allows you to control it outside of home. But then again, companies like Honeywell are releasing Wifi versions themselves.
  14. Correct me if I'm wrong, but, there's smart AC product available on the market, right? Panasonic for example, because my gf's house using this kind of product

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