World’s first voice-controlled air conditioner to go on sale in November

09/12/2011
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Voice-controlled air conditioner

TOKYO (majirox news) — The world’s first ever voice-controlled air conditioners will go on sale early November in Japan, Toshiba Home Appliances Corp. said Sept. 12.

The home appliances company will sell 13 different types of voice-controlled air conditioner under its Daiseikai Voice ND Series, with prices ranging from 210,000 yen to 330,000 yen ($2,730 to $4,290).

Air conditioner prices have increased recently because of rising rare earth prices. Toshiba has raised the cost of its new line of air conditioners by about 10,000 yen ($130).

“We’d like people to view this price increase as paying for the added value of being voice controlled,” Toshiro Ishiwatari, president of Toshiba Home Appliances, told a product release gathering in Tokyo on Monday.

Toshiba Home Appliance’s new air conditioners will be capable of recognizing 26 verbal commands in Japanese, each relates to a particular function, such as switching to power-saving mode or going fully automatic. In the power-saving mode, the air conditioners use up to a maximum of 55% less electricity than ordinary coolers and consume as much energy as an electric fan.

Voice commands are made to a voice controller with built-in microphone and speakers, which uses infrared to send a signal to operate the air conditioner.

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One Response to World’s first voice-controlled air conditioner to go on sale in November

  1. toshiba klima on 09/30/2011 at 10:36 pm

    japan technology !!! so it is best of the world’s brand it’s useful world, healty for us
    we should prefer it future i think

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