Use your phone to change the temperature

The new Panasonic line integrates with an app for Android smartphones.

We've all done it. Leaving the house in a hurry in the morning, you rush out the door and set off toward a long day at work. Then, when you're about halfway there, you realize that you forgot to turn your AC down. Unless you go back, it will be cooling your completely empty house for the day, making your apartment very frosty come dinner, and giving you a very high electric bill at the end of the month.

Well, soon enough, fixing this problem will be as easy as pulling your smartphone out of your pocket. Panasonic just announced a new line of home appliances that can be controlled via NFC, or near field communication, which is a technology that allows devices within close proximity to one another to communicate.

The app that comes with the Panasonic X series air conditioner model, which is popular in Asia, lets its user control the temperature of the house from anywhere, as the air conditioner hooks up to home Wi-Fi, and can be controlled remotely through the app.

Right now, these app-enabled appliances only work with Android smartphones, because no other devices come with NFC capability. But rumor has it that Apple is going to add this technology to its next iPhone, and if that happens, we can only guess that Panasonic would would make an iPhone app too.

I really like this idea. Though it is similar to some smart thermostats already on the market, this is the first full line of appliances that can be controlled through a smartphone app. And it would be so nice to remotely decide to turn on my air conditioner while I am on my way home, so that I can walk into an already cooled down house, without having to plan ahead at all. 

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4 thoughts on “Use your phone to change the temperature

  1. Agreed ross. practicality is key for me. Im a phgtaoropher, not a videographer. I dont enjoy paying a premium for a feature thats of no use to me. That proccessing capability could be used to produce in camera HDR.I’ve no interest in going full frame until sensor dynamic range and noice performance are grossly improved. I’d like to see sensor developers focus less on how many pixels can be crammed onto an APS-C size chip with acceptable’ noice (In my vew, there is NO level of acceptable noise), and more on improving IQ (Note, IQ does NOT equate to resolution alone) I own 2 canon Eos DSLR’s (450D and 7D). The 450D is just as capable as taking an image as the 7D, one only loses out slightly on print quality for LARGE prints- the 7D does however have other capabilities and features that make it vastly superior. Sensor resolution is were it needs to be. Sensor sensitivity and Dynamic range however need ALOT of work.

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