Genius Home already gives you advanced control of your heating, but our new IFTTT functionality lets you go even further. For example, you can useour IFTTT applets to:
Use your Genius sensors to receive an alert whenever motion is detected
Turn on your heating when you get near your home, based on your phone’s location
No need to only use the applets we’ve provided, though! You can easily create your own applets to link your Genius Home system with the thousands of other devices that are compatible with IFTTT. Here’s how:
Over the past few months, Heat Genius have been finding out. We’ve trekked back and forth to the capital to participate in an intensive 12 week programme, the Cognicity Challenge, organised by the Canary Wharf Group. The goal of the challenge is to identify and launch smart city solutions that “inform the creation of the integrated city of the future”.
All finalists, including Heat Genius, are pioneers in technologies that improve efficiency and reduce costs for a city’s residents. The products and designs can all be retrofitted to existing buildings and anticipate and adapt to future construction and lifestyle needs. Innovations were divided into six streams, each one an instrumental element of an integrated smart city.
It’s been a great opportunity to develop and enhance our products, exploring lots of opportunities for collaboration, networking with other “Internet of Things” (IoT) companies that are spearheading the way into the smart future, and meeting with potential investors.
We were finalists in the ‘connected home’ category. The term ‘connected home’ isn’t yet commonly used in the mainstream vernacular, but over the coming months and years that’s likely to change as we see an explosion in connected home objects and devices. This breed of smart technology is becoming more affordable, easy-to-use and and integrated with devices that are already installed in the home.
Simply put, the connected home is about being able to regulate and monitor the home through an ecosystem of connected devices. Products include home security and monitoring devices, wi-fi lightbulbs, smart thermostats, pet feeding systems… even smart stoves, washers and dryers. Such home automation technologies are designed to enhance living conditions, security and generally boost energy efficiency and savings.
Other streams at Cognicity focussed on topics such as transportation, virtual design and construction. To pick a few, we loved:
Pavegen – Pavement that harnesses the energy from footsteps and turns it into electrical power
Just a few weeks after the challenge has ended, we’re excited to be in preliminary discussions with Canary Wharf Group on trialling Heat Genius as part of their amazing new Wood Wharf development. Watch this space.
See our CEO Alastair explaining the Heat Genius system during Cognicity:
Have you come across any smart technologies worth shouting about? Let us know!
Hot water control has arrived! Heat Genius can now control your hot water tank so you can save even more off your energy bills by only heating water when you actually need it.
If you’ve got a hot water tank that’s heated by your boiler, you can now purchase a version of the Heat Genius system that allows you to schedule your hot water tank to only be heated when you need it, and switch off the rest of the time to save energy. With this system, you can schedule your hot water tank in just the same way as individual radiators in your home; from a smartphone, tablet or any web browser.
The base Heat Genius system with hot water control costs just £299, and radiator valves and motion sensors can be added to enable automatic, zoned control. Existing customers can upgrade to hot water control for just £50 plus installation. To order, you can simply create your system online.
If your hot water tank is heated by an electric immersion heater, it needs a different kind of controller, which we’re currently developing and will be launching very soon. If you’d like to use Heat Genius to control an electric immersion heater, please register your interest in electric immersion control today and you’ll be the first to know when it’s launched.