Electric Imp guest blogger Robin McKenzie is head of national marketing and sales at New Zealand-based Pebble Air, creator of the imp-enabled Pebble WiFi controller for residential HVAC.
It was 2005 and I had just completed a residential air conditioner installation at a property in my home country of New Zealand. The savvy homeowner, an IT professional, asked about the control options for his expensive new air conditioning unit. Without irony I replied, “You’re holding it.” “It” was an infrared remote control - 30 year old technology that was still being used as the latest and greatest our industry had to offer.
But the question gave me an idea. What about a mobile phone controlled solution?
At the time, there was no such thing as a “smartphone,” and it would take nearly 10 years and a few iterations of hardware and services before the idea would come to fruition in the form of the Pebble WiFi controller from Pebble Air.