Learns about your habits & home environment. Auto adjusts AC for ideal temperature & energy savings. Remote access via Android/iPhone. Read more
This project was successfully funded on November 13.
About this project
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Smart Air Conditioner Control
Ambi Climate is a small, sleek internet of things device that makes your existing infrared remote-controlled air conditioner smart.
It allows you to sync your AC with your smartphone, giving you complete access to monitor and control your air conditioner wherever you are.
Ambi Climate uses predictive climate control by monitoring the temperature and environment both inside and outside maximizing energy use. In fact, thermal comfort isn't about temperature alone. That is why Ambi Climate takes into a consideration sunlight, temperature, humidity and other elements to maintain a more comfortable, energy efficient interior environment.
The device also learns from your own preferences and daily routine, and will tailor your indoor climate around you and your family.
By making your aircon usage more efficient, Ambi Climate can easily cut your energy bill by a third.
What People Are Saying
“With the room temperature staying more consistent, you're saving both energy and the hassle of finding the remote.” - Richard Lai, Engadget
“It's a popular campaign - with 35 days to go, the project is at about 240 percent of its funding goal.” - Steven Sande, TUAW
“Ambi Climate might be well-positioned to pick up the parts of the market not covered by Nest” - Darrell Etherington, TechCrunch
“This tiny iPhone-connected device can help you save money on air conditioning” - Chris Smith, BGR
“[Ambi Climate] will make any window air conditioner an iPhone-connected device with temperature and other predictive climate control features.” - Jordan Kahn, 9to5Mac
"エアコンをスマートにコントロールする「Ambi Climate」” - Gizmodo Japan
ご家庭のエアコンに手軽な賢さを。「Ambi Climate」でスマートなエアコンライフを実現！- 編集部, Spotry.me
How Ambi Climate Works
Ambi Mode: Intelligent & Automatic Climate Control
Ambi Climate allows for automatic control of your air conditioner through its intelligent algorithms with "Ambi Mode". Throughout the day, the Ambi Cloud continuously analyses your home’s climate characteristics, your air conditioner’s performance and local weather conditions in order to come up with the best settings for your own personal comfort.
While your air conditioner does its temperature sensing from within the unit, Ambi Climate uses its own set of sensors to collect data closer to where you are in the room, providing a more relevant reading than your AC.
With Ambi Climate's companion app on iOS and Android, you will also be able to take full control of your home's air conditioners wherever you are.
Tailored Around Your Temperature Preferences
We know that every person has their own varying thermal comfort preferences. Some of us will always prefer it cooler than others. Using our smartphone companion app you can have Ambi Climate adjust your indoor temperature to either a cooler or warmer setting.
Given the temperature choice you have made, our Ambi Cloud system saves a snapshot of your current indoor and outdoor climate conditions. This allows Ambi Climate to better understand what feels comfortable to you under the saved conditions. Ambi Climate will learn from these snapshots so that its prediction algorithms become tailored around your own thermal comfort preferences.
Remote Access To Your AC Wherever You Are
With Ambi Climate app's "Manual mode", you can manually switch on/off your AC and adjust other air conditioning settings such as fan speed, temperature and humidity levels.
Away Mode: Maintain Humidity / Temperature Levels
If you are away for longer durations, you can always set Ambi Climate to “Away mode”. Away Mode allows you to maintain certain temperature and humidity levels at home, so that your pet can remain comfortable or you prevent mould growth when you are away on vacation.
Reduces Wasteful Overcooling & Temperature Fluctuations
The ability of air conditioners to maintain a certain temperature can fluctuate depending on their age and conditions. Our own tests have shown that at times your actual room temperature can be as much as 11˚F (6˚C) off from the desired temperature you have set on your AC’s remote.
This often hurts both your comfort and energy consumption as your air conditioner can easily end up overcooling your home due to these inaccuracies.
With Ambi Climate, you no longer need to think about whether 76˚F or 77˚F (or alternatively 24˚C or 25˚C) is comfortable to you. Just set it to automatic climate control via Ambi mode, which will make sure that you always enjoy a comfortable indoor climate.
Location Aware: Turns Your AC Automatically On/Off
Ambi Climate's app tracks your geo-location and micro-location allowing us to automatically turn on your AC before you get home, and turn off your AC when nobody is present in a particular room. Ambi Climate's location awareness allows you to arrive at a cool home and at the same time you get to avoid cooling empty rooms.
The Ambi Climate iPhone and Android app also gives you insight into how certain conditions feel in your home via Humidex, a measure that has been shown to correlate strongly with indoor human comfort. Through this measure, you will start to get a feel for how certain thermal conditions correspond to different levels of energy consumption -- which you can also better understand via our proprietary energy consumption estimator.
Ambi Climate Air Conditioner Compatibility
Ambi Climate works with all sort of air conditioners from all over the world, including AC models popular in Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, Taiwan, Japan and of course North America. Our smart home device supports wall-mounted split and mini split air conditioners as well as window and portable standing air conditioners. Even ACs used in offices such as cassette air conditioners are compatible with Ambi Climate. All they require is infrared connectivity.
* Can't find your remote? Don't worry, we are adding new remotes nearly every day. Just fill out this request form and we can add yours to the database within a couple of days.
Installation & Setup
Ambi Climate is easy to install, requiring no additional expertise or tools. Just plug it in, and position the Ambi Climate device practically anywhere in the same room as your aircon. With 5 powerful infrared transmitters, the signal is almost guaranteed to reach your air conditioner from anywhere within the room. Place Ambi Climate close to you to make sure it’s measuring the same conditions that you experience - on your bedside table, or on the shelf behind your sofa.
Setup is also a breeze - all you need to do is to download the free iOS or Android companion app from the Apple App Store or Google Play, and you’ll be up and running within minutes. Just enter your WiFi network details and pair the Ambi Climate device to your AC. Our proprietary algorithm matches your AC to the remote codes in our database, so that you don’t have to “teach” Ambi Climate your codes.
API & Integrations
Looking at building a connected home? Home automation enthusiast? Ambi Climate will offer up an open API and IFTTT (If This Then That) integration.
This will open up your Ambi Climate and your AC to a new world of possibilities. Thanks to an open API, you will be able to integrate your Ambi Climate with a range of smart home hubs such as SmartThings, Revolv and Quirky's Wink.
By using IFTTT, your Ambi Climate will also be able to connect to all kinds of gadgets and services that can act as triggers for Ambi Climate such as SMS, Twitter, Facebook, Google Drive, Android Wear, Android/iPhone notifications as well as smart home appliances and wearables such as the Philips Hue, Jawbone Up, Fitbit, Belkin Wemo Switch, Nest, the Netatmo Weather Station and many more.
The possibilities will be endless. Eventually your air conditioner will be able to connect with just about anything in your house or apartment.
What is the Limited Edition of Beta Units?
Backing the Limited Edition is your chance to become part of our journey and play an active role in our product development. We believe Kickstarter is a great community, filled with eager early adopters who share our vision of the home of the future.
We currently have a limited number of functional beta units in production, and have decided to make a small number of these available to the Kickstarter community. These units look just like the one that you see pictured on our Kickstarter campaign page and come with all the features promised.
We are making this Limited Edition available to Kickstarter backers in order to obtain usage data and insights from a wider audience. These insights will then be incorporated into the Ambi Climate production unit we plan to ship before Summer 2015. As Ambi Climate uses machine learning analytics, our mobile apps and Ambi Cloud backend are set to benefit from the insights gained from early adopters. With your collective feedback we will also be able to tweak Ambi Climate's hardware to better meet your needs.
At Ambi Labs, we are designing and creating intelligent upgrades for your home that seamlessly fit your lifestyle.
Our team seeks to reinvent the usability of appliances through add-on upgrades, giving consumers an easy and accessible path to attain the latest in smart functionality.
Over Two Years Of Development
We spent nearly two years gathering insights on user behavior and air conditioner usage performance to fully understand the pain points users have with their ACs. Every single part of Ambi Climate has been thoughtfully designed, from the base of the enclosure to the app's most minute details.
We have been heads down developing our proprietary machine learning system, our own infrared database, the Ambi Climate companion app and the device itself. Having developed and deployed several successful prototypes, we can't wait to share the Ambi Climate experience with you.
Martin from Ambi Labs briefly demonstrates Ambi Climate's most important functionalities.
- Dimensions: 4.10 x 2.05 x 3.46 in (105 x 52 x 88 mm)
- Weight: 5.29 oz (150 g)
- Power: 5V DC, 1.0A via micro USB power cable
- Sensors: Temperature, humidity, sunlight, motion and location.
- Transmission: 5 infrared transmitters (for AC connection) | Wi-Fi: 802.11b, 802.11g and 802.11n-2.4 (for Ambi Cloud & smartphone connection) | Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy (for iBeacon/micro-location)
- LEDs: Three front-faced, green status LEDs (for WiFi connectivity, Ambi Motion Sensor, Ambi Cloud Connection)
What's In The Box?
- 1x Ambi Climate device
- 1x Micro USB Power Cable
- 1x USB Power Supply
October 2014 - Launch Kickstarter campaign, refine hardware and mobile app.
Mid November 2014 - Campaign ends. Organize units and merchandise to begin shipping to Early Bird backers.
Early December 2014 - Ship Limited Edition beta units, t-shirts and USBs to backers. Collate feedback from beta testers
January 2014 - Continual upgrades based on feedback from beta testers. Begin ordering long lead time components.
February 2015 - Finalise Ambi Climate design. Electronic Verification Testing (EVT).
Late March 2015 - Certification and Design Verification Testing (DVT). Begin component orders.
April 2015 - Finalize firmware and Ambi Climate mobile applications. Update Limited Edition beta units to latest firmware.
May 2015 - Kick of Production Verification Testing (PVT). Followed by begin of mass production of Ambi Climate.
June 2015 - Ship production units to backers.
Building a product like ours isn’t easy - we combine not just hardware and software; we are also applying new techniques like machine learning so that air conditioners will become easier to use and more efficient than ever before.
Air conditioners are used in many countries around the world with varying climate conditions. We need your help to test Ambi Climate and to see how much energy we can save in different climates and regions.
Beyond our beta unit, we require expensive tooling and the volume to buy our components at a discount.
Help us make air conditioners become smarter and more delightful!
Julian Lee - Chief Executive Officer (LinkedIn)
Julian is a seasoned entrepreneur and former VP of Rim Asia Capital Partners, a private equity fund based in Hong Kong. In his over ten years experience of consulting and private equity, he has both strategically advised a number of companies as well as screened and managed portfolio investments.
Timothy Chang - Chief Software Architect (LinkedIn)
Tim takes care of Ambi Labs' server side solutions. He is a versatile developer with several years of experience in developing Mobile Device Management (MDM) systems.
Paul Sykes - Chief Hardware Engineer (LinkedIn)
Paul is responsible for the hardware and firmware development at Ambi Labs. Previously, Paul had designed hardware for over six years and gone several times through the full development cycle of products within the radio and TV broadcast industry.
The Ambi Labs Team
Mathis Antony - Artificial Intelligence Engineer
Kannan Chandrasegaran - Mobile Application Developer
Jack Lo - Embedded Hardware & Software Engineer
Jimmy Liu - Junior Python Developer
Dominic Yu - Research Engineer
Martin Kessler - Head of Marketing
Melissa Foster - PR and Marketing
Elizabeth Choi - Communication Strategist
Miranda Sheh - Marketing Assistant
Kana Masuyama - Business Development Associate
Kelvin Luk - Graphic & Web Designer
Winnie Ho - Administrative Officer
We are fortunate to be surrounded by a supportive community of friends and family, many of whom worked tirelessly to bring Ambi Climate to life. We could not have done this without you!
Ryoichiro Kamiya / Jon Buford / Casey Lau / Gene Soo / StartupsHK / Michael Michelini / Jeffrey Broer / Andrea Livotto / Larry Salibra / Social Slides / Matthieu Bodin / Napoleon Biggs / Cupping Room / Charlie Sheng / Terence Ng / Marcel Ekkel / Tom Grek / Lester Lim / Michelle Lam / Anita Chan / Fiona Sykes / Erin Chang / PaperclipHK / FrameworkCreative / Toshihiro Aya from o-lab
and all our moms and dads.
Risks and challenges
The Ambi Climate system is comprised of three parts: the hardware, the companion apps and the artificial intelligence ("Ambi Cloud"). Getting these components to work in harmony for every single smartphone and air conditioner in the world is something we are well on our way toward but not yet completely achieved.
In order to make the Ambi Climate device simple to set up, we have put in countless hours to build up our own database of remote controllers. While our custom in-house solution is designed to identify your AC remote with the push of just 2-3 buttons, there is a possibility that your specific model may need additional infrared codes. If this issue arises, we will do our best to quickly address it for you.
Production of Hardware
We already have a first batch of over a hundred beta units in local production and do not foresee any challenges with meeting our projected lead times but will keep our backers aware of any changes in our production schedule. The experienced garnered from this will allow for a smooth production of the final production units in 2015.
Our Android app is still in its very early stages and may not be ready off the bat.
Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning
There is the likelihood that the learning aspect of Ambi Climate may not work perfectly in the beginning for everyone until we have collected sufficient (big) data.
We have full faith in our team, each of whom is known for their ability to deliver. We are fully committed to resolve any issues or challenges as we have many times before. Our earliest supporters will be the first to know about product updates and progress.
As each room is a separate thermal environment, one Ambi Climate unit is needed per room so that it can learn the characteristics of each room. If there are multiple ACs of the same brand and model in one room, Ambi Climate will control both of them. However, if there are multiple ACs of different brands in one room, the Ambi Climate device can control one of them, but not all of them at the same time. This works much in the same way as AC remote controls.
Yes! You can optimise everyone’s comfort! The Ambi Climate app allows multiple users to connect to one device, and stores each person’s profile independently. Ambi Climate will automatically choose the best compromise between preferences of different users, so you no longer need to fight for the remote control!
Yes it will also work with heating. However the software still needs adjustments for that. That's also why we are offering beta units so that we can get more data from users who will use it for heating.
Yes! Whether you get a different AC or move to a new apartment, you can reuse Ambi Climate with a different AC. Follow the same installation process and pair your Ambi Climate with your new air conditioner so that we can match our algorithms with your new remote codes.
Will the Limited Beta Edition become upgradable to the stable version of the Ambi Climate Final Production Unit?
Yes, it will. We guarantee that it will be upgradable to the equivalent software functionality of the production version.
Yes, as long as you haven't backed for an early bird pledge. Just increase your pledge and email us at email@example.com to let us know what you want. For example, if you want 3 “Early Bird Betas for Kickstarter,” increase your pledge to USD$99x3 + shipping and send us an email to let us know. We will send you an email confirmation within 48 hours.
Our focus at the moment is our Kickstarter campaign and making sure you guys get the best possible product delivered on time. After our Kickstarter campaign is done we will have a better idea about the retail price and will let you know (but you are getting a deal!). Our final retail price will be USD$150 per unit.
Yes! The app will be free to download on both the Apple App Store and the Google Apps Marketplace. It will support iOS 7 and Android 4.0 or later versions.
No. Ambi Climate is intelligent enough to control your AC without a smartphone. Using our smartphone app will provide visibility into your air conditioner consumption and allow you to access features such as Ambi Mode but you do not need a smartphone to experience the benefits of Ambi Climate. The device can communicate with your air conditioner and its sensors can learn about your environment without the app.
Ambi Climate is not battery operated. Ambi Climate must be plugged into a power source via micro USB.
No, the app is free to download and the device has no recurring subscription fees once you purchase it.
Ambi Climate is 103mm wide, 51 mm deep, and 87mm high. It is approximately the size of a man's wallet.
We can ship globally. Please add USD$10 for shipping outside of the US and Hong Kong.
Yes. The Limited Beta Edition has 18 months warranty and the Final Production Version will have 12 months of warranty from the moment of delivery.
When you order an Ambi Climate, you will receive the Ambi Climate device, a 1 meter USB cable, and a certified universal (AU/EU/UK/US) power adapter. Ready for you to take it right out of the box and get started!
You can find a list of currently supported brands at http://remotes.ambiclimate.com along with other brands that have been suggested. We are in the process of building up our database, and plan to support all the major leading AC brands. For this reason, we appreciate any feedback you may have on what brands we should support.
If you don’t see your brand on the list above, please fill out this form (http://bit.ly/1xYdf6N) and it will be added to our list of suggested brands. Thank you!
Yes, provided your AC unit has an infrared remote.
My AC remote control is not listed in your database (remote.ambiclimate.com), will my AC still work?
If your infrared remote control isn't in our database yet, then please submit your remote control information to us at http://remotes.ambiclimate.com/request?.
We are also currently developing a way for users to capture the IR codes themselves.
In any case, the hardware is there and adding support is not a major obstacle as it marly requires us to feed the corresponding codes into the Ambi Cloud.
Nest is a thermostat that controls central ACs (such as HVAC systems widely used in North America) while we interface with infrared controlled air conditioners, which are mostly used across the world in residential households in Asia, Latin America and parts of North America and Europe.
Ambi Climate is essentially a smarter Nest for Asia and the rest of the world.
Sensibo focuses on learning the user’s comfort patterns, however we also predict the thermal environment. This means we are able to better select the AC settings to deliver optimal comfort. Further, Sensibo adopts the PMV comfort index rating system which is relatively outdated (the first PMV controlled AC systems appeared in the 1970s). We use Humidex which according to some recent studies is a better predictor of indoor comfort. We also have a patent pending algorithm that predicts how conditions in your room will change before it happens. This allows us to preemptively make changes before you feel uncomfortable.
Tado’s focus is on predicting occupancy levels and to switch on and off the air conditioner to suit. From our research, remember to switch on/off the AC is not a key problem amongst the users we surveyed. Rather the ability to maintain a comfortable environment without too much hassle is.
All in all Ambi Climate is a great alternative to Sensibo, Tado Cooling and the Aros Smart Window Air Conditioner.
Ambi Climate works through a smartphone app; it is very easy to setup, requiring no more than a few minutes. The Ambi Climate device talks to your AC via infrared, using the same commands as your current AC remote.
Ambi Climate has several sensors that take frequent periodic readings on the surrounding environment. Data is fed into our algorithms that analyze your climate preferences and how to adjust your air conditioner to meet those conditions. The more you use Ambi Climate, the better it will be at implementing your preferred settings.
Yes! You can schedule Ambi Climate to turn on your air conditioner. Over time, Ambi Climate will learn from your user behavior to automatically turn your AC based on your preferences and habits.
There are many competing wireless standards right now, but no clear winner: Zigbee is dominant in the HEMS (home energy management systems) space, while Z-wave is dominant in managed home systems in the US (e.g. Vivint, AT&T, etc). In comparison, KNX-RF is more dominant in Europe.
We are platform agnostic, and believe that the wireless standard winner will become clear in the next few years. For now, we use Wi-Fi, which is the most common wireless standard today, used by 25% of ALL households, and up to 80% of HH in some countries (Korea).
We require a MFi license to get further details on the requirements that come with supporting Home Kit. In theory we are very supportive of the concept. However we need to evaluate what strings come attached with it from Apple (cost, product requirements, etc). Only then we can make an informed decision.
With that said, the more feedback we hear from backers wanting Home Kit support the more pressing the matter will become for us.
The device has two micro-controllers, one is used to manage the WiFi, while the second is dedicated to processing of real-time infra-red and sensor data.
Yes, it can. You can simply state you preference in the Ambi Climate app settings.
Ambi Climate works with iPhone 4S, 5, 5S, 6, 6 Plus as well as all modern Android smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy S4, S5, Note 2, Note 3, Note 4, Motorola Moto X, Google Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 6, and a wide range of other smartphone brands including Sony, HTC, LG, Xiaomi, and many more.
Windows phone user? No problem, later in 2015 we will release a web interface, which will also allow you to control your Ambi Climate via your Windows Phone, laptop or macbook.
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THE INSIDE LOOK (DISTRIBUTION PARTNER PACK): Receive 10 Ambi Climate units and bring Ambi Climate to life with an unprecedented look into our distribution. You will receive an invitation to visit our HQ in Hong Kong where we will walk you through Ambi Climate, give you a personal tour of our distribution channels and have you meet our distribution managers.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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