Philadelphia startup Kapsul is creating a smaller and quieter air conditioner with the help of $2.3 million raised through crowdfunding on Indiegogo and Kickstarter in June 2016, writes Courtney Becker for the Philadelphia Inquirer.
“It was pretty humbling because you saw the interest of people in the product and their belief that you could do something transformational,” said Chris Myers, Kapsul’s late-stage co-founder and chief operating officer.
The window unit developed by Kapsul is smaller than a traditional one. It includes a control panel on the front, and can be connected to WiFi so the user can change the temperature through the app.
The units cost $499 for pre-orders and $599 retail.
According to Myers, the main difference between Kapsul’s unit and a typical window unit is less noise, which is about half that of a regular air conditioner. This interested Anne Slater, a retired Bryn Mawr College librarian and one of the company’s backers.
Slater said she had found her previous air conditioners heavy and noisy, and had decided it was time to look for something better.
“I was enticed by the smaller and quieter aspect of these machines,” she said.
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