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News, Technology | May 22, 2017

Emerson Sensi Touch works with Siri

Thermostat maker Emerson today announced the Sensi Touch. Available starting in June. The new Sensi Touch Wi-Fi thermostat shares a lot of similarities with the previous Sensi which came out in 2016, but not everything.

As its name suggests, the Sensi Touch ditches the bland, plasticky hardware for a more modern touchscreen look. It’s a significant improvement at a glance, but the Sensi Touch is still lagging behind design-forward models like the Nest Learning Thermostat. The Sensi Touch actually reminds me of Honeywell’s Wi-Fi Smart thermostat somewhat, back in 2013. While that model is still sold today, Honeywell has since introduced the Lyric and the Lyric T5, both of which are more attractive than the original Wi-Fi Smart (and the Sensi Touch).

In addition to the touchscreen upgrade, this model is also equipped with an Apple MFi chip. The MFi chip is a required hardware component if you want your product to work with Apple’s HomeKit smart home platform.

And on a related topic, Emerson is replacing the original Sensi with Sensi 2.0. The second-gen Sensi will still cost approximately $160, and it will still have the same utilitarian design, the only change is the addition of an MFi chip. Like the new Sensi Touch, Sensi 2.0 is also slated to hit stores in June.

FYI: The Sensi Touch will only be available in the US at launch. Pricing converts to roughly £150 and AU$265 at the current exchange rate.

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