The Consumer Electronics Assocation (CEA) announced that Ecovent, maker of wireless vents and sensors for home climate control, will be receiving the Automation Device of the Year award. CEA is the group behind the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which has been running all week in Las Vegas, NV.
Ecovent is a DIY upgrade to existing home heating and cooling systems and falls under that hot new category of smart devices in the Internet of Things (IoT). Founder and CEO Dipul Patel, had some gracious words when accepting the award: “To have the industry authority in consumer electronics recognize our product, and the technology and design that goes into it, is particularly gratifying because there is no other organization that has the deep knowledge and insight on the best products and services for the home and ultimately, the consumer.”
So, how does it work? Well, there are two devices needed for one room. The first device is a plug-in power outlet that will monitor the temperature in the room it’s based. The next device is a replacement air vent that has a screen built into it that can be controlled by the power outlet. The power outlet, of course, being controlled by the Ecovent app on your smartphone or tablet. The app will be available for both Android and iOS.
Like many homes, no matter how great the location is for your thermostat, you end up with some rooms being hotter or colder than the others. Ecovent is capable of redirecting your home’s airflow to maximize temperature and energy efficiency. In some tests Ecovent ran, it found that it was able to run your climate controls 30% less, and depending on where you live, that could translate into some huge energy savings.
Ecovent is slated to hit the markets in August of 2015. It will retail for approximately $200 USD per room.
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