Robert van den Born
The Cooling App offers a cool lightweight product that makes your old aircondition unit a modern automated system that (energy-) efficiently provides the perfect temperature for you at home.
Users can control the temperature in their house, and even in individual rooms, just by walking around. The system tracks users using motion sensors and Bluetooth Low Energy based proximity measurements and uses pattern recognition to learn about and predict user behaviour. Using this data the Climate App will create the optimal climate wherever and whenever it is needed by adjusting the AC settings using Infrared Control.
When the owner of tado° The Cooling App, approaches home, the AC will pre-cool their house. In this way they will arrive in perfect comfort, without the disadvantage of using too much energy. The system will know their location and their patterns so that it can control the temperature according to their next steps and known preferences. They never have to turn the AC on or off again, because the system will automatically cool only the rooms they use. And when they leave the house, tado° will stop cooling by itself.
The physical design challenge was to create a visual identity reflecting the products purpose, perform well in practical aspects, and fit in a young/modern/hip/urban/eclectic household.
A working electronic prototype of the envisioned technology was created and programmed to test the technical feasibility of BLE based proximity and Infrared control. The prototype closely mimicked the designed system regarding the network setup and includes both hardware setup and app development. With this prototype we could convincingly demonstrate to stakeholders the principle of using infrared to control an air conditioning unit based on the proximity of a smartphone running the test application.