Noria is a smart air conditioner that will keep you feeling and looking cool

Summer is coming.

And with it, for many of us, lots of sun, sweat, and unsightly window air conditioning units. Alas, despite all the advances in modern technology and design, we still haven’t been able to come up with an aesthetically pleasing solution for keeping us cool during the warm months. But all that could soon change. Meet the Noria — branded as the “first window air conditioner designed entirely with you in mind.”

For six decades, window air conditioners have been providing relief from the heat of the season, but with their bulky design, this relief comes at a cost. But with the Noria, the days of AC units that take up the whole window may be behind us.

Standing less than 6 inches tall, Noria trims the total size of the AC unit by 40 percent. The smart AC unit actually directs cool air towards the ceiling, which allows for a convective cycle that prevents the occurrence of cold and hot spots in the room. With 5,000 BTU per hour, Noria is capable of cooling a 160-square-foot room.

Designed to address the most annoying aspects of today’s traditional ACs, Noria claims to make “living with a window air conditioner a pain-free experience.” You’ll be able to control Noria via Bluetooth and create energy-saving schedules directly from your smartphone (both iPhone and Android can come to this party). And with its sleek, minimalist design, your AC will no longer obstruct your view — so don’t give up looking over Central Park just because the sun’s out in full force.

Noria also boasts a fresh air mode that will bring cool, outside air on cooler nights — something not even central air is capable of doing. And of course, Noria promises to be easy to install, which is probably the most important aspect of all.

Already, 950 backers have raised over $340,000, surpassing the team’s Kickstarter goal of $250,000. You can currently pre-order a Noria on the crowdfunding site for $299, with delivery estimated for March of next year.

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