GE, Quirky develop Internet connected air conditioner

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This spring, General Electric is airing out a room air conditioner that’s connected to the Internet and can be controlled by a mobile application.

The Aros, which is an 8,000-Btu air conditioner,is available for preorder at Amazon.com for $300 and will be shipped in early May 2014. It’s the brainchild of GE and a group of inventors called Quirky.

Users can turn the air conditioner on and off via an app called Wink, which also tracks user preferences. GE tells Consumers Digest that the Aros can turn on automatically throughout the day based on patterns of use. The Wink app also allows users to choose an operating setting that’s based on their budget, GE says.

The Aros is the latest product of a collaboration between GE and Quirky. The partners plan to develop 30 Internet-connected home devices within the next 5 years.