Netatmo, a consumer electronics company, enlisted the help of Philippe Starck and his team of designers at the Starck Paris-based studio to create a thermostat for the home that can be controlled remotely by a smartphone. The product has been recognised by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and will be honoured at its Consumer Electronics Show (CES) taking place in Las Vegas during January.

It doesn’t make sense for our homes to be heated in winter when we are not there. Equally, we don’t want to come home from holiday to a cold house. As a solution Netatmo came up with an idea for a thermostat that can be controlled by the homeowner using an app on a smartphone, tablet or PC wherever they are – even from the other side of the world.

However, the technology’s intelligence goes further than that as it can monitor the habits of the household’s occupants and adapt the temperature accordingly. It also displays temperature data as well as a history of energy consumption, appealing to those who want to keep an eye on their energy spend as well as carbon footprint.

“Problems linked to energy are some of the most important issues facing our society today. Everyone is looking for practical and economically-savvy solutions to help the planet and ensure its future. It was with this in mind that we created Thermostat,” explains Fred Potter, president and founder of Netatmo.

With the technology in place, the company then called upon the design team at Starck to turn this product idea into a beautiful design with an interface that is simple, intuitive and efficient.

Most importantly, the product had to blend into any home interior. The solution is a small white box that comes with a choice of five interchangeable colour films that can be fitted onto the back. The designers felt that this soft light brings a delicate touch of originality to the product.

Additionally, the E-ink screen, which displays temperature and other information on the front of the product, was chosen for its unparalleled quality and low energy consumption.

“Our Thermostat for smartphone combines simplicity, ecology and technology to create an exceptional, elegant and minimalist design,” adds Potter.

Although only launched a couple of months ago, the product has already caught the eye of the CEA, which has awarded it a CES Innovations Design and Engineering Award in the Home Appliances Category. The Thermostat will be displayed at the 2014 International CES, which runs 7 to 10 January 2014 in Las Vegas.

The Thermostat for Smartphone, which can replace most wired and wireless thermostats and can be used with fuel, gas and wood systems, is currently available for sale in France at the suggested retail price of €179. In early 2014 it will be made available to purchase in other countries.

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