Devices retrofit old heating systems with smart functionality

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This is part of a series of articles that looks at entrepreneurs hoping to get their ideas off the ground through crowdfunding. At the time of writing, each of these innovations is currently seeking funding.

Home devices are becoming smarter, and we've already seen wifi-enabled A/C units hit the market in the form of Aros. But for those who can't afford to replace their old systems with new ones, two new startups are helping make it possible to upgrade existing units with intelligent capabilities such as smartphone control and presence detection. Hailing from Germany, tado° is a square device that sits on the wall and controls nearby A/C units using infrared. The device also connects to the home wifi, enabling owners to control their home environment through their smartphone and the tado° app. The setup…

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