Fashion has exploded from practical home automation, intended as the application of information technology and electronics to home management. If on the one hand the new buildings are specially designed with this objective, it is more difficult to transform a traditional house into smart homes. Ambi Climate 2, limited to air conditioners, really manages to transform the old device into a connected device. Here's how and why.
What is Ambi Climate 2?
Ambi Climate 2 is a small hub, with a truly elegant and modern shape and minimal features. Basically, thanks to the IR sensors positioned on the upper part, it reproduces the IR commands that would be given by the traditional remote control. It connects to the internet, and this allows you to send these commands from a smartphone, even remotely, through a special dedicated application. In summary: Ambi Climate 2 connects to the internet, receives wireless commands from the smartphone, sends them to the air conditioner via the IR sensors.
This simple operation has the advantage of transforming a large variety of air conditioners (here to check compatibility), even rather dated, into really connected peripherals. We tested it with an old "Toshiba", produced in years when home automation was not remotely conceivable: Ambi Climate 2 brings old air conditioners back to life, making them still feel young in the era of home automation.
To be truly smart, any accessory must have one of the main features, among others: simplicity of configuration and use. Smart means intelligent, and to be truly such, it must have the ability to be simple and accessible to all. Ambi Climate 2 succeeds in the enterprise.
Set it up very simple. First of all, it must be connected to an electricity source. In our case we connected it via USB to a Mac, precisely because in correspondence with the air conditioner to be controlled. In the package, however, there is also a wall socket, as well as the MicroUSB cable. Fatt you will have to download the AmbiClimate app, available for free in the App Store and Google Play.
From here you can click on add device, having to follow a few simple steps: enter the access key of your router, so as to match Ambi Climate to your network, and enter the code of your air conditioner. Stop, Ambi Climate 2 is ready for use.
Ambi Climate 2 compatible with a really large number of air conditioners. Basically with all those who have a remote control with LCD display. At this address, however, you can specifically check whether the model of your air conditioner is supported.
It is also necessary to have WiFi access to the network and an iOS smartphone with at least iOS 9 installed, or Android 4.1 or later.
How does it work
First of all, as already mentioned, Ambi Climate 2 functions as a simple bridge between the commands given by the smartphone via the network and those to be sent to the air conditioner via IR pulses. Through the "Mode" button on the application it will be possible to click "Manual" to turn on the air conditioner at a specific temperature, then being able to turn it off using the OFF button. However, this very simple function allows you to turn the air conditioner on / off without having to be physically in the room to be cooled / heated, being able to activate the cooling / heating even before you get home.
There are, however, automated functions, such as the possibility of setting timers, so as to automatically switch the air conditioner on and off, always being able to manage it remotely through the app.
Not only does Ambi Climate 2 take care of transforming the old air conditioner into a connected peripheral, but it does so by adding support to Artificial Intelligence. The device, in fact, offers the user different operating modes, to offer maximum comfort, analyzing the local temperature data, users' habits and preferences.
The first intelligent mode is called "Comfort", which based on the parameters of the measured temperatures sets an ideal temperature for the environment, adjusting the air conditioner accordingly. In this mode, the user can intervene by giving the app and the feedback system to set the best algorithm that will automatically regulate the temperature in the home.
Second mode called "Temperature"; here the user will select the target to be reached, and IA will adjust the air conditioner accordingly.
Away from home
Third way away from home, which allows you to optimize consumption but to keep the environment in which you return rather comfortable, so as never to become too cold or too hot. In our case, having the air conditioner in a glass room located on a small terrace, the option is among the most useful: it avoids the room exposed to the sun from becoming incandescent and damaging the electronic devices inside.
The simplest, and actually the most used: the smartphone turns into the remote control of the air conditioner, to set the temperature, and other parameters, such as the direction of the fins.
Not only does Ambi Climate 2 transform the obsolete air conditioner into a new generation smart, but it also provides various analyzes regarding various temperatures and statistics. It is possible, in fact, to view the humidity and temperature statistics, both internal and external, within daily graphs, to evaluate the time of use of the air conditioner, seeing the times of use for each mode.
There is also a chronology, always divided by day, relating to the temperatures detected inside the room, and those perceived outside, as well as a log of the uses of Ambi Climate 2, with a detailed log of the ignitions, and ignition modes of the air conditioner.
Small gem, not of negligible importance, given by the support of Ambi Climate 2 to IFTTT, a platform that allows you to further automate the operation of connected peripherals. In our case, we have created Google Assistant voice commands to turn the air conditioner on or off, but there is also the possibility of vocally requesting the start of the various modes listed above. With a Google Home placed in the living room, we are able to manage the air conditioner with ease.
Truly an intelligent device. Ambi Climate 2 makes smart air conditioner products in the "prehistoric" era, in which a smart home was not even remotely conceivable. It does it in total simplicity, with a reasonable price. The statistics and learning functions work, although they will probably be more interesting in a context of a large office, for a more professional use. At home, in the end, Ambi Climate 2 will be used more simply and frankly: just to turn on and adjust the temperature from a smartphone. In any case, an idea to be rewarded, at the right cost.
Ambi Climate 2 costs 149 euros you buy on Amazon directly on the official website.
- Aesthetically pleasing
- Truly Smart
- Simple installation and operation
- Appropriate price
- User guide in English only