Big Ass Fans has unveiled the new ‘Haiku’ ceiling fan with ‘SenseME’ technology, which is billed as the world’s first smart ceiling fan and features an on-board computer that utilizes a companion app on iOS devices. The ceiling fan is composed of a durable bamboo material and boasts an array of sensors that automate a number of tasks, such as adjusting fan speed and powering the fan on and off. The fan also learns a user’s preferences based on weather conditions and a person’s tendencies in a room.
SenseME monitors a room’s occupancy and local temperature conditions, adjusting Haiku’s speed when conditions change so the space is always pleasant. If you make changes to the speed, SenseME remembers and makes more personalized speed adjustments in the future; after all, comfort is personal. Haiku with SenseME turns any room into a comfortable, energy-efficient Micro Environment.
The Haiku’s companion app provides the user with additional functionalities, including the ability to set schedules for the fan and select from a number of different control modes. The app allows users to group fans, and can also work without a home Wi-Fi network, utilizing the LAN provided by the fan’s onboard Wi-Fi radio. iOS 7 devices compatible with the Haiku’s companion app include the 5th generation iPod Touch, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, and iPads running iOS 7.
The Haiku with SenseME could also be a prime candidate for certification under Apple’s new HomeKit initiative, which allows home automation devices and their apps to work with Apple’s apps using a single, secure protocol. While Big Ass Fans and the Haiku are not currently listed under Apple’s partners for the program, it is likely that this will change if the product gains enough notoriety.
The Haiku with SenseME can be pre-ordered in fan diameters of 52” and 60” at a starting price of $1,045 with the first units being shipped in 8-12 weeks. Users may also choose to include a smart LED light on the fan for $95.
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