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Bond smartens your remote-controlled ceiling fanThis small, $99 device integrates up to six remote controlled ceiling fans into Amazon Alexa or Google Home platforms.
[MUSIC] Ceiling fans might not be the first device that comes to mind when you think of a smart home, but Bond is here to change that. This $99 black disk smartens up your remote controlled ceiling fan. [UNKNOWN] connects to your Wi-Fi network and pairs with your existing [UNKNOWN] remote to pick up infrared or radio frequency signals for commands like power, fan speed and light. [UNKNOWN] comes with its own app that creates a remote control on your phone and it integrates with the Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. Of course, if your fan isnt already remote controlled or if you've lost that remote, fund can help you. With Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant compatibility, you can use voice commands to ask Alexa or Google to control your ceiling fan. And I have no issues getting these two platforms to work at the senate smart home. Hey Google, turn on the basement fan. You got it. Turning the basement fan on. The Bond app is available on the App Store, but the device itself is not compatable with HomeKit or Siri. Bond does have an if service, with applets like activate your fan when Nest says the room is too hot. Aside from missing home kit compatibility, my only complaint about [UNKNOWN] is the design. I don't have a problem with the size or the shape but it'd be nice to have lighter color options. Since this device will be sitting out in the open and order to transmit to your fan's receiver. [UNKNOWN] can control up to six fans at once and its parent company [UNKNOWN] plans to turn on compatibility with other devices like garage door openers, fireplaces, and air conditioner units in the near future. If that really happens this 99 dollar device could pay off. Considering most smart home devices come at a premium. Even if it doesn't I think it's well worth paying a fraction of the price of a real smart fan, to upgrade the fan you already have. Now if you could just find that remote.