It’s getting to the point where every single home furnishing will be connected and controllable through smartphones, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. We already have smart locks, and smart smoke detectors, so why not add smart ceiling fans to that list? The Haiku Fan with SenseME technology connects to your WiFi, which allows you to control it via your smartphone. Add to that an infrared motion detector, a thermometer and a hygrometer (for humidity) and you’ve got a fan that knows when to speed up or slow down all by itself. It’ll start up as you enter the room, and adjust its speed based on your preferences and current conditions, which you set through an app. It’ll wind down as the night falls, while a special “Sleep Mode” slowly lowers the air speed as you fall asleep. There’s even an alarm mode that’ll try to wake you up with a combination of air, lights and sounds.
Unfortunately, we’re looking at a high-end ceiling fan, which means a high-end price. It’s $1,045 for the fan with SenseME tech, and $900 for the same fan without any of the connected features. That means you’re paying a $150 premium for the SenseME technology, which isn’t that much more when you’re already considering a $900 ceiling fan purchase. But for anyone else, well, turning a knob isn’t that hard, is it?