Published on July 28, 2014
Monitor and control the temperature of your home remotely.
Want a smart air conditioner without having to buy a new one? Retrofit your existing window unit with littleBits and turn it into an internet-connected device. Forget to turn the AC off? No problem, just press a button on your phone to turn it off! Cool down your apartment on the way home from work? Easy! Save energy and save $$$ with this easy DIY project.
*Note: The AC Switch, IR transmitter, and temperature sensor are coming soon. Stay tuned!
How it works:
Monitor - The temperature sensor transmits data through the cloudBit to Cloud Control. You will be able to see the temperature readout in cloud control under the “receive” tab. When at home, you will also be able to see the temperature displayed on the number module. Now you can always know the temperature in your apartment/house.
Control - Use Cloud Control to turn your AC unit on or off using the IR transmitter and the AC switch. When you press the button in Cloud Control, you send a signal to the cloudBit in your home. This signal is passed on to the IR transmitter, which outputs a burst of infrared light. [Note: you won’t be able to see this burst of light because the IR spectrum is not visible to the human eye. This is the same control technology used in your television's remote control]. The AC switch has an infrared sensor that picks up this burst of IR light and toggles the window unit’s power on and off.
Automate - Use IFTTT to automatically turn your AC unit on/off in response to conditions that you set. IFTTT (If This Then That) is a service that lets you connect to different web apps through simple conditional statements. Use the Date & Time channel to turn your AC on at 5pm and off at 8pm, or create a location based trigger that turns your AC unit on when you enter your home zone with the iOS or Android Location channels.