How often do you leave your home without switching the fans and lights off and only find it out when you return? Wouldn’t it be awesome if you are able to control your home appliances using your smartphone, regardless of how distant you’re from your home? If you are thinking such a technology exists, it is time to install Air at your home and bring an intelligent automation to your home. Well, Air is a brand-new product from Leaf Technologies — a promising start-up from Mumbai — wants to redefine your concept of home automation, by adding the flavour of intelligence! They have been doing great since their initial launch and have been sold out in a couple of months.
What’s so Special about Air?
We do know that most of you would have this question in mind! Before answering this, we should see what Air is? In simpler words, Air is a smart home automation product that allows you to control all your electronic appliances using your Smartphone. While it’s a common thing for home automation systems, Air differs itself in the ‘thinking’ part. The fascinating feature of Air is that it lets you move from an active control to a passive one in just 21 days where Air keeps you from doing redundant activity with your home appliances, thus saving your time. In short, Air lets you upgrade your lifestyle in a smarter way.
• Air is based on learn-from-environment theory and the device is quick-enough to learn your activities and habits. For instance, if you like your AC temperature to be at 24o C when you get home, Air will quickly learn that
• Air lets you control all your existing non-smart appliances using an internet-connected Smartphone.
• Air is equipped with number of safety features which keeps you informed of any unscheduled activity in your home.
• Air gives you information about energy usage and its distribution, so that you have a detailed analysis of which appliance consumes the maximum electricity and how you can reduce it.
Air intends to make your home Smarter, at least when it comes to home appliances you really use! As the company says, it can help you buy time — the time you spend managing your appliances manually.
The Hardware & Installation
Leaf Technologies have been stunningly keen during the design and development of Air hardware; even the smaller details are noteworthy. With a slim, easy-to-handle Air device and a few switchboard modules create a bond between your existing home appliances letting them talk and interact with each other.
Air is sleekly designed. You can just mount it on your wall and Air would start, in a silent, smooth manner. It comes with various connectivity features; for instance, it has both Wi-Fi & Bluetooth Low Energy to connect and communicate with home appliances. While the capacitive touch surface gives you features like One Touch and Magic Touch (more on them later), its in-built presence detection sensors will keep you updated about the things that matter. Apart from motion sensing capabilities, Air has a bunch of sensors, embedded to the core. They include humidity, brightness and temperature sensors. Also, the pentagon shaped unit is built in with an IR control, which acts as a universal remote control.
Another crucial part of Air is the set of switchboard modules, as they call it. You have to place these small devices just behind the switchboards and Voila!! You have got a smarter home for yourself! Yes, it’s that easy. Now, each of these modules stays in contact with Air, through a Bluetooth LE connection. These modules can receive signals from Air and control, as per your needs.
Apart from the easy-to-set-up hardware of Air, Leaf Technologies offers free installation of the system in your home. The process takes roughly about thirty minutes while you can sit back and relax.
The Smartphone App
Official application from Air is out there for both Android and iOS Smartphones! With this app, you will be able to control your home appliances that are connected with Air. From toggling the light to controlling temperature of AC, Air app can do it all. You can also have a quick glance of your room’s last seen human activity, temperature and humidity data using the app.
Another impressive thing about Air app is its instant notifications! If there’s something you got to know, the app will do that, instantly. Thanks to the presence detection sensor, you will be instantly notified in case of any intrusion in your absence — doesn’t that sound cool? Adding cherry on top of it is: you can even share the app with your friends and family giving them control too.
Advantages that Matter
Power of Control, Intelligent Control
Apart from controlling appliances through your Smartphone app, Air has more impressive ways to deliver the best customer experience. For instance, there’s One Touch that switches on all your desired appliances when you enter the room as you touch the Air. And, there’s Magic Touch that learns your habits and controls appliances as per your day-to-day routine and activities. Also, Air lets you control total temperature of your room by controlling your AC temperature you can even decide the speed of your fan! All from the convenience of your smartphone.
As we said earlier, Air would let you know instantly if there’s any security breach in your home. The in-built sensors in Air will sense intrusion. So, once you’ve left your room, Air will be in full swing to protect your room. The Air app is too good, we would say.
Know Better; Save Better
Using the Air application, you can know more about home appliances usage and energy usage in your home! You can even set some schedules for home appliances so that energy wouldn’t be lost even if you forget to turn things off. Also, Air has a smart scheduler technology to suggest you energy-saving and convenient home appliances management habits.
Another awesome feature is the Away Mode of Air. Away Mode gets activated when you’ve left the room and there’s no sign of human presence for some time (the time is usually decided by algorithms). In this mode, devices like AC, fans and lights would be turned off to save energy. When you come back, the room seamlessly gets back to its previous state.
Air is like air when it comes to the case of smart homes and home automation! One of the most impressive features of Air is the ultimate simplicity; let that be with hardware, software or installation. We’re quite sure that air will soon become an integral part of your home.