New Robotic Ceiling Fan Learns User Preferences

New robotic ceiling fan automates a number of tasks, including adjusting fan speed and powering the fan on and off, as it learns a users' preferences.

Who doesn’t need a robotic ceiling fan? That must have been the question Big Ass Fans - yes, that’s a name of an actual company - recently asked as it developed the Haiku robotic ceiling fan.

Think of Haiku as the Nest of ceiling fans. It features SenseME technology and a slew 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.

“We don’t think in general you want to play around with apps,” Big Ass Fans’ CEO Carey Smith tells GigaOm. “And we think that 100 years from now people will think it’s amusing that you even ever thought about these things. It’s a waste of personal energy to have to think about that.”

Big Ass Fans’ Haiku fan with SenseME technology will cost $895 for the base model of the fan and $150 for the smarts.

Here’s more from GigaOM:

“Big Ass Fans, a company that began in 1999 making a 14-foot fan for industrial customers before eventually branching out into the home market 13 years later, is adding smarts to its residential ceiling fans.  But unlike many companies that slap a Wi-Fi chip and an app on their connected products, the Lexington, Kentucky company has taken a page from Nest and built a fan that learns what you like and then turns on when it thinks you want to be cooler. Yes, it has built a ceiling fan that is a robot.

Robots are defined as any machine that is “smart” enough to make autonomous decisions, which is exactly what the fan’s Wi-Fi module,  microcontroller, sensors and learning algorithms will allow it to do when it starts shipping later this summer. Yes, there’s an app, which means if you want to “teach” the fan from the comfort of your couch, you can. But the app is almost tangential to the experience of the product,  says Big Ass Fan CEO Carey Smith.”

Hey, Nest recently sold to Google for $3.2 billion, so Big Ass Fans might be on to something here.


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