Aros Window Air Conditioner

A year ago I wrote about the moribund state of window air conditioning units. Crowdsourced product platform Quirky is tackling that problem with the Aros window air conditioner, a product invented by former Department of Energy employee Garthen Leslie. The Aros brings to bear many of the technologies that are starting to become common in Internet of Things-era home appliances like intelligent auto-adjustment, mobile app-driven remote control capabilities, and eco-friendly energy monitoring. It also looks noticeably better than just about any other window air conditioning unit out there.

Aros Window AC

However, I’m not sure the Aros looks that much better than what’s available at your local home appliances store. The pictures make a case for it being attractive, but they’re not utterly convincing, and I’m not sure it would bear closer scrutiny in person. The Aros looks a bit more like a prettified version of more familiar models than a complete, Dyson-style reinvention. That seems consistent with the complaints in the user reviews that, while the Aros is well-designed, it still suffers from the noise problems of traditional units. All the same, I’m happy that someone is trying to address this problem; if Quirky proves that there’s a market for improved AC window unit designs, then we might start to see some real competition that will eventually drive real innovation.

You can read more about this device and even buy it at Quirky.


Do you have thoughts about this post you’d like to send Khoi? Your remarks will not be published.

Thank you! Your remarks have been sent to Khoi.