The CHARioT is like Google’s Nest and British Gas’ Hive but much cheaper and with extra features. If this sounds interesting then please read on.
If you are not familiar with Google’s Nest you might be interested in the PC Advisor review by Jim Martin.
“Saving money, though, is only one benefit of smart thermostats: the ability to monitor and control your heating remotely is very useful. ”
“you can control the temperature from anywhere using the app. As long as you have an internet connection, you can change settings and turn down the heat remotely.”
The review was updated in November 2015 and we recommend you read the full article if you are not familiar with Google’s Nest smart thermostat.
Hive from British Gas is another smart thermostat which they describe as “wireless products that let you control your home from your mobile, tablet or laptop – anytime, anywhere.”
A detailed review of Hive is available from Trusted Reviews and this is what they had to say.
“I was waiting at the airport when I remembered I hadn’t turned off my heating. I was going to be away for two weeks and my boiler would keep warming an empty house, wasting energy and clocking up bills. After a few seconds in the Hive app, it was all sorted. And that was the moment I really understood the benefits of a smart thermostat.”
So the CHARioT is basically an Internet of Things (ioT) thermostat but with features not currently available from other suppliers. Internet of Things is defined by webopedia as “the ever-growing network of physical objects that feature an IP address for internet connectivity, and the communication that occurs between these objects and other Internet-enabled devices and systems.” In simple terms, devices that are connected to, and controlled via the internet.
The CHARioT is much more than just an ioT thermostat as it also allows you to control other appliances around the home and office, via the internet.