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Monolyth smart aircon and pollution detector hits Indiegogo

The latest smart home system to hit the crowdfunding scene is Monolyth, an aircon unit that measures air pollution levels. 

Coming on like a cross between Tado Cooling and Nest Protect that takes its design cues from 2001: A Space Odyssey, the Monolyth lets you cool down your home or office remotely while keeping an eye on air quality. 

A myriad of sensors lets Monolyth measure humidity, air pressure as well as temperature and presences, allowing it to adjust its settings dynamically. 

'Turn down the aircon Hal.' 'No problem Dave. I defintely can do that.'
‘Turn down the aircon Hal.’ ‘No problem Dave. I defintely can do that.’

You’ll also be able to manually control Monolyth from your phone or tablet to get the room temperature just right. Both the iOS and Android apps let you remotely change settings, scheduling, check weather and setup push notifications. 

Because air conditioning units aren’t just about keeping your home nice and chilled, Monolyth will also alert you to the presence of pollutants, telling you to open your windows when it detects high levels of dangerous substances including carbon dioxide. 

So-called VOCs – volatile organic compounds – are chemicals which easily evaporate into the air at room temperature. They’re given off by typical household objects and chemicals including hairsprays, paints and (ironically) air fresheners. While not immediately dangerous, over time VOCs can contribute to long-term health problems. 

Luckily, Monolyth will let you know when too many VOCs are floating around in your living room and it’ll helpfully inform you to open your windows. How many VOCs the Monolyth itself gives off is another matter. After a number of years it may start detecting itself. Finally, robot self-awareness will be achieved. 

Those who want to be able to tinker with things will be pleased to know that Monolyth can be integrated with IFTTT recipes and support for Apple HomeKit – another leaf Monolyth is taking out of the Tado book

Monolyth is after $50,000 (£29,137) of cash from the crowds to assist with the launch. Early adopters who pledge $79 (£46) will get an $80 (£46.60) discount off the $159 retail price (£92), which will basically see you paying the same again once the product is released. For those with deeper pockets, you can pledge $119 (£69.33) to reserve a Monolyth. 

Monolyth expects to start shipping in January 2015. 

Monolyth specifications

  • Sensors: Temperature, Humidity, Air Quality (CO2 + VOC), Air Pressure, Infrared Presence, Noise, Ambient Light, Infrared Receiver
  • Communication: Wi-Fi 802.11b/g 2.4 GHz
  • Processor: ST ARM Cortex M3, 32-bit, 72 MHz, 256 kB Flash + 16 MB External Flash, 64 kB SRAM
  • Power Consumption: < 100 mAh @ 5V
  • Size: 150 x 70 x 50 mm
  • User Interaction: Innovative Touch Gesture Detection, Multi-color LED


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