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Smart Home: Big Ass Fans built the first ever smart ceiling fan

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Smart Home: Big Ass Fans built the first ever smart ceiling fan

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We go hands on with this ultra-high-end connected appliance.

[MUSIC] Hey, I'm C/net's Ry Crist here in Lexington Kentucky at the test labs of Big **** Fans. Now, that's a funny name, but they're very serious about ceiling fans. And their Haiku ceiling fan is a very high end model that they're putting smarts into this year. They call it SenseME technology, and now these smarts bring a whole extra layer of modern luxury into the picture. They can tell when you come and go. They are programmable. The light can come on in the morning to wake you up or it can simulate occupancy while you are on vacation. And it does a lot of cool things through their very handy sense me app on the IOS device of your choice. Now, the app isn't going to be out on Android for at least six months, they tell us. Which is a little disappointing, but the app is very cool. We played it the, quite a bit here at the lab. You can set it to tell when you come into the room, and when you leave, and turn off automatically. You can have it turn on or turn up whenever it gets too hot, so it just makes you comfortable on its own. Another impressive thing about this fan is the build quality. Take a look at those blades. They're not actually blades at all, they're air foils. They're curved, and they're kind of delicately constructed. But they're not delicate either. If you take a look at this test, we were able to actually smash it against the table. [NOISE] And doesn't put a dent in it. They're very, very sturdy, made out of compressed bamboo that they claim is as strong as a flexible steel. And we're inclined to believe them after this test. Anyway, the Haiku with Sense Me, clearly a very high end fan. The normal Haiku retails for 895 and you'll pay an extra 150 to get the Haiku Sense Me technology built into it so a grand total of 1,045 if you want this connected ceiling fan, the first of its kind. For C/net, I'm Ry Christ. [MUSIC]

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