Home automation is a booming niche within the consumer electronics space. Accessories such as the Nest thermostat are not only beautifully designed, but can provide homeowners with greater comfort and convenience.
An interesting new ceiling fan from a fun company called Big Ass Fans promises to delivers on both of those important benefits. The manufacturer’s Haiku product line is the world’s first smart ceiling fan designed with an on‐board computer and an array of sensors. It’s SenseME technology allows the fan to turn on automatically when you walk into a room—no more pulling those dangling chains.
“The typical home has more than three fans, but they’re no smarter or better looking than your great‐grandma’s,” said Carey Smith, founder and Chief of Big Ass Fans. “In the past couple of years, we’ve seen smart thermostats and smart light bulbs, yet you still have to pull a chain to start your ceiling fan. SenseME changes everything.”
The Haiku ceiling fan also keeps track of the room’s temperature and humidity and will automatically alter it’s speed based on ambient conditions. As with other smart home tech, this fan is also controlled via a smartphone app. This allows users to schedule the operation of the fan or its built-in light.
The makers of the device have also provided a range of setting’s beyond the typical low-medium-high paradigm. For instance, a Gradual Awake mode gently increases the intensity of the fan and light for an alternative to the pesky alarm clock. Take a closer look at this unique device via the video below.