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GE and Quirky Launch First Smart Air-Conditioner
Apr 4, 2014
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Aros is a new 8,000 BTU, Internet-connected air-conditioner that was designed by the Quirky online community of 2,000 designers along with GE.

Garthen Leslie, formerly with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), conceived of an air-conditioner that could be controlled remotely and allow for more efficient use of energy. Specifically, Leslie wanted a smart air-conditioner that he could control from his office.

Leslie submitted his concept to Quirky, the online community of designers. GE helped the design process by providing air-conditioning engineering expertise. The process enabled the development of the Aros in a matter of months. It went on sale on Amazon in mid-March.

The air-conditioner is connected to the Internet and can be controlled on a smartphone using Quirky’s Wink app.

The air-conditioner learns from users' schedules, habits, location, weather information and past usage. Users can also choose an operating setting based on their budget.

Quirky and GE partnered in 2013 to develop a line of co-branded connected devices. GE has opened its patent vault to the community and contributed electrical and mechanical engineering expertise.

GE is also helping to bring Aros to market and helping lower the cost of the unit.

GE Appliances Vice President of Technology Kevin Nolan called the appliance “a great example of how by working together, GE and Quirky can re-invent an entire category quickly and at scale.”

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