This is Aros, a Wi-Fi connected air conditioner aimed at energy-conscious consumers that Quirky and GE are launching today. It's by far the biggest and most complicated product that Quirky has ever built, and it aims to help solve truly endemic problem: The window a/c unit, which has remained pretty much unchanged since the 1970s.
It's been over six months since Quirky and GE announced a partnership, wedding one of the youngest and one of the oldest producers of consumer technology. Though they've released a menagerie of "connected" gadgets in the time since, Aros feels like the team's first earnest product. As Quirky CEO Ben Kaufman told me, it's been in the works since the partnership was announced. "We want Quirky to be a company that makes invention accessible, not just cool kitchen gadgets and fun toys," he says. "And GE gives us the ability to take on these really complex inventions."