Ween Smart Thermostat Coming to the US in 2017By - 01/05/2016
Smart thermostats have skyrocketed in popularity due to their energy-saving features. Each thermostat has its own way of saving you energy. Some simply follow the schedule that you’ve set. Some respond to real-time circumstances like your geo-location or the current temperature. Others are able to learn your schedule and preferences and adjust accordingly. And there are some that can do all — enter Ween.
Using and Controlling Ween
Ween is a simple to use droplet-shaped thermostat that plugs into a wall outlet. You can use Ween to control your home’s temperature at the device itself or through a companion app. By turning Ween’s pointed top, the device will send a wireless signal to the actuator. (Actuator is a fancy term for the device that replaces your existing thermostat.) In turn, the actuator sets your heating system to the desired temperature.
The companion app will let you control your home’s temperature from anywhere in the world so long as you have 3G or 4G access. You can also share smartphone access with your family as the device will support up to 16 connected smartphones. On the other hand, if you want to have a Ween at home and another at the office, you can control up to 16 Weens from one smartphone.
3-Way Smart Energy Savings
So how does Ween make energy-savings smart? First, it learns your schedule, thanks to its machine learning ability. At first, you will need to set it manually, but overtime, it will learn…in theory. Of course we’ve seen learning promises before. Sometimes the device learns as promised and sometimes it does not. The promise here is that it will eventually know your preferred temperature based upon the time of day. Cold at night and warm in the morning? You got it.
Ween is also aware that leaning is more difficult in practice than it is in promise. With that, they’ve incorporated the ability respond to events in real-time. Which events? Your presence and your home’s thermal behavior.
Ween determines your location by connecting to your smartphone and geo-locating it. The moment you leave the house, Ween automatically adjusts the temperature so that your heating system going into energy saving mode. On the other hand, Ween also senses when you’re heading home. It uses a unique algorithm to determine your house’s thermal profile. Thermal profile is another fancy term which refers to how much time it takes to heat up your house in relation to the current outside temperature. With this knowledge, Ween knows when to start heating things up or cooling things down.
Way one and way two cover many scenarios, but they do not cover all – specifically non-smartphone owning bases. If you have smartphone free family members, Ween will recognize them using motion sensors. So long as it senses motion, it will keep your home comfy – even if it cannot sense your smartphone. This is important for non-smartphone wielding people, but also pets.
If you think Ween is for you, you can pre-order the device for €349 which is about $378. It cost more than a Nest Thermostat and those in the US will have to wait until 2017. Is it worth the wait and extra cost? You decide.