By David Ponce

The company likes to call it an energy management system, but that’s a lot like calling a secretary a communications routing specialist. That’s not to say the EverSSense thermostat from Allure Energy doesn’t do a couple of nifty things, the main one of which is to keep track of your whereabouts and to turn the heat (or cold) on when you get to a certain distance of your home. This of course does save quite a bit in energy bills.

This is not all it does, otherwise why the large-ish box? Turns out that it’s also a media player that can playback music from your iPhone through small speakers on either side of it.

I’m not sure that I ever expected or even wanted my thermostat to be playing music so I find it hard to justify the $349 asking price for what is basically the strange marriage of relatively banal features. If this is your cup of tea however, expect to see it in Q2 of this year.

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