A smart and oddly svelte air conditioner is the product of an unlikely partnership between Quirky, the maker of bendy power strips and balance boards, and GE. The Aros air conditioner is an 8,000 BTU window unit that you can control via the buttons on its front, or through Quirky's Wink mobile app. It seems to work similarly to Nest, using power only when you're in the room, and the company also claims that the app will keep track of how much you spend on energy each month and give setting suggestions to help you save money.
It's surprising that it's taken so long for a product like this to exist, but a partnership with GE makes sense given the company's vast experience with AC units. Aros is slightly more expensive than similar air conditions at $300 and, unless you live in a shoebox, you'll need multiple units to cool your home. Compared to the classic yet ugly air conditioners we know and love to hate, Aros is a sight for sore eyes, but we'll have to wait and see if its function can match its form.