tado° Cooling turns any AC unit into a smart device: Auto-off, precooling, indoor presence detection and single room control. Read more
This project was successfully funded on June 11, 2014.
About this project
Device and App
Is it for me?
Project Plan & Development
The Working Prototype
- 15 x 15 LED Matrix, Cap-Touch
- Texas Instruments MSP430 Ultra-low power microcontroller, 20MHz, 256kB Flash, 18kB RAM
- Temperature, humidity, noise, ambient light, infrared
- 802.11b/g/n @ 2.4GHz (WiFi)
- 802.15.4 @ 2.4GHz (6LowPan)
- Bluetooth LE (BLE) / iBeacon (reg. trademark of Apple Inc.)
- IR-RX & IR-TX (30-60kHz)
Bandwidth & power consumption, size
- < 60MB per month upload, < 5MB per month download
- Consumes less than 0.05kWh per month @ < 250mA
- Size: 100 x 100 x 10 mm
In the box: tado° Cooling thermostat, cable&plug, welcome guide, mounting screws
Send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call:
+44-20-351 44881 (UK)
+1-415-800 4087 (USA)
+49-89-416 156640 (Germany)
Office hours: 8am-7pm CET
Download Presskit here
Risks and challenges
During the last months we have worked extensively on research and testing of all aspects around the PCB board and its enclosure. One challenge we might face are unforeseeable issues arising from suppliers not meeting their projected lead times for selected components. Most of our suppliers have already made commitments about volumes and lead times but there is always a chance of deviation, resulting in an overall delay of production. We will start preordering components as soon as the campaign is successful.
Another aspect is the diverse quantity of smartphones around the world. We are already compatible with a large number of smartphones due to our experience with The Heating App. If your phone is a recent model, produced by a known manufacturer, you will most likely have no issues using our app. However, there is a slight possibility that your specific model might need some changes in the code. We will do our best to address these issues as quickly as possible, as they come to our attention. Any feedback is highly appreciated.
During the last 3 years our team has gained a lot of experience in terms of hardware and software development, manufacturing and operations. We have already successfully brought a product to market, which included large-scale manufacturing processes, trial phases, global sourcing of parts and customer service. Barring any unforeseen circumstances or acts of god and with enough support from the Kickstarter community, we will be able to fulfill our project plan as outlined above. We are thrilled to receive your feedback and support in achieving our goal: Breathing new life into all of those ancient A/Cs out there!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
tado° Cooling is powered using a USB cable and adapter plug into your wall power socket. The correct power plug for your country is provided in the tado° package along with everything else you need for a quick and easy setup, no problem!
Yes, it will be compatible with the exact specifications for your country. The adapter works with any voltage between 110 and 220 volts, easy.
If I have more than one AC unit do I need one tado° Cooling device for each AC unit or can one tado° control all of them?
You only need one tado° Cooling device per room! Even if you have more than one AC that you want to control. tado° Cooling just needs a constant line of sight between the AC units and tado° Cooling. If you have more than one AC in different rooms then ALL of the tado° Cooling devices will be connected to your online account and they even talk to each other and bounce the WiFi signal. tado° will even recognize when you enter the room and cool just that room, cool huh!
At the moment this version of our product is just designed to communicate with the AC via an optical infrared interface, generally speaking, if you can control your AC with a remote control then tado° Cooling will easily be able to handle it.
There will be a Windows Phone app if we reach $200,000 on our Kickstarter by Wednesday! At the moment we already provide apps for Android and iOS phones
Thanks so much for your interest! Simply send an E-Mail to email@example.com with the subject line 'Selling tado° Cooling in Partnership'. We are still getting a really big response so thanks for understanding it might take a few weeks until we get back to you. We may not be able to reply as fast as we would like but we definitely won’t forget to get in touch with you!
Simply all you need is a working internet connection with WiFi. The control of the AC will always work via our servers which we use to run the complex algorithms that makes the tado° Cooling system so smart.
Will the tado° Cooling control temperature when no one is around? Is there an option for automatic control?
Of course! this is one of major features of tado° Cooling. When you are not at home tado° Cooling automatically controls the temperature to save you energy and cash. By the time you get home, tado° will have your place perfectly pre-cooled without you having to lift a finger. Anytime you want you can open the app and monitor and manually control the temperature - from anywhere in the world.
On top of that tado° Cooling features an internal temperature sensor which means that it will automatically switch the AC on and off as is needed to maintain the exact temperature that you want.
About 20m is fine, tado° Cooling has to have a constant line of sight with the AC unit.
Everyone in the house with a smartphone can use their own phone to control the tado° Cooling app. tado° Cooling makes sure that no energy is wasted once the last person leaves home and makes sure your home is deliciously cool for the first person who arrives home.
For anyone without a smartphone there is an option to set an additional schedule, no problem!
No problem! The heating function of your AC will also be controlled by tado° Cooling as long as your AC has a remote control.
You only have to pay the shipping amount once for all of your tado° Cooling devices as long as they are all sent to the same shipping address. After our Kickstarter is successful, all of our cool backers will receive a form via E-Mail and will be asked to fill out the shipment details.
Why is $15 charged for shipments outside of the US when your company is based in Germany? Is there any import tax to pay when I have a shipping address inside the EU?
Our Main logistics hub will be in the US but we will most likely also ship from EU (directly from Germany). In any case we will have to charge around $15 even for a shipment inside the EU.
If it we are able ship to you for a lesser amount, the overpaid amount will be reimbursed. You will not have to pay any import tax if the shipping address is in the EU.
I live in a rented apartment. When I move out, can I use my tado° Cooling for another AC unit? Is it difficult to re-install tado° Cooling?
You can uninstall tado° Cooling just as easily as you installed it. There are just a few simple steps to reinstall tado° Cooling and you can use the option ’factory reset’ which will make tado° like it is just off the shelf again. After this you can easily take your tado° Cooling with you and install it in your new home!
Pledge $5 or more
SUPPORT THE GOOD CAUSE: Help fight climate change through the wonders of technology and bottom-up change. We will keep you updated on our progress via email. Thank you for bringing us closer to our goal!Estimated delivery:
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EARLY BIRD PRODUCT: Be an early adopter! Get tado° Cooling, including the mobile app, for much cheaper than our future retail price of $149. The Early Bird edition is limited to 500 units and 1 unit per person.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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EXCLUSIVE KICKSTARTER PRODUCT: No problem if you didn’t make the early bird cut. Only on Kickstarter can you still get tado° Cooling, including the mobile app, for $50 less than our future retail price of $149. If you have multiple A/C’s spread throughout the house, you can get a tado° for each room. Just multiply $99 with the number of units you need when you pledge (max. of 10).Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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LIMITED COLOR EDITION: Perfectly complement your home’s decor with your own custom-built color edition. Choose any color combination you can imagine for the back plate, cable and LED. This edition is strictly limited to 100 units, and 1 unit per person. Each unit will be marked with a limited edition serial number.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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DEVELOPER PACKAGE: Do you recognize the potential in tado’s Internet-of-Things technology? Do you envision integrating tado’s functionality into other applications? Would you like the ability to control devices other than your A/C? The developer package includes a prototype which will be delivered before we start serial production. You will also get access to our SDK and documentation.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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ELITE-GOLD DEVELOPER PACKAGE: You’ll get the Developer Kit plus a direct hotline to our tech team. You will receive an invitation to come visit us in Munich, to spend some time with the team and have an awesome day at the Oktoberfest. We’ll also give you some traditional Lederhosen or a Dirndl so you’ll show up in true Bavarian style. We will cover accommodation and all other expenses for your trip (flights to Germany excluded).Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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