ecobee Releases the 'Smartphone of Thermostats'
Named for its power similar to that of a smartphone, the ecobee SmartThermostat’s promises faster performance, higher-quality sound, and improved communication capabilities. Packed inside the new glass LCD touchscreen, is built-in Alexa voice support allowing you to not only control the temperature, but also to make phone calls, send messages, play music, listen to podcasts, and hear the latest news. In addition to working with Amazon’s Alexa, the SmartThermostat also supports Google Assistant, Apple HomeKit, Samsung SmartThings, and IFTTT.
One of the most prominent differentiators between SmartThermostat and its predecessors, the ecobee4 and ecboee3, is the new state-of-the-art industrial design and an enhanced wide-angle detection range. The remote sensor can detect a person’s presence, and will automatically adjust to the appropriate comfort setting. When you leave, the SmartThermostat will transition to Away mode to optimize energy and cost savings while the home is vacant.
“We see the smart home emerging as an oasis where great technology can fade into the background and free you from the chaos of everyday life,” Stuart Lombard, ecobee President and CEO, said in a release for the SmartThermostat launch. “We’ve designed the new ecobee SmartThermostat with voice control to be the foundation of that vision. It’s packed with more power than ever before to deliver a best-in-class user experience and effortlessly connect you to the solutions and services you love, but also work quietly in the background so you can focus on the things – and people – that matter most.“
The SmartThermostat includes a powerful quad-core processor and supports 2.4 GHz and 5GHz dual-band WiFi for faster and more reliable network connectivity. While the SmartThermostat is powerful enough to work as standalone speaker, it can also pair with another Bluetooth speaker for a more immersive audio experience. Music can be streamed from subscriber’s Amazon Music, iHeartRadio, Pandora, TuneIn, and Spotify accounts.
The ecobee SmartThermostat is available now for $249 and includes one free SmartSensor. Additional SmartSensor remotes cost $79 for two.