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Published on August 11th, 2017 | by Greg

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Aera: The First Smart Home Fragrance System

There are many ways to clean your air, to monitor the environment of your office or home, to help maintain a pleasant atmosphere and control humidity and temperature. You can filter and purify with various devices, and we’ve tested out many sensors and systems over the years that do a great job of getting rid of smoke and allergens and pollutants. Other than some candles, what we haven’t seen are ways to directly enhance a room’s scent.

Until now, thanks to the Aera Smart Home Fragrance System. Basically, you buy interchangeable pods, but instead of being used to make you coffee or tea, they provide the essential ingredients to perfume a large volume of space. Insert one into the cute base station, and you can use their smartphone app to suddenly make your apartment far more approachable, energetic, comfortable, friendly, or soothing (depending on the scent you choose). There are scheduling options, even Amazon Alexa compatibility, and the Aera couldn’t be easier to setup. A single unit can cover up to 2000 square feet the company claims, and it’s adjustable so you’ll never feel overpowered (and can keep a subtle hint of scent around for quite some time).

One of the most obvious questions: what sort of scents can you choose from? There are around eight available, running a pretty wide range, but you’re still limited to what they make- with names like Poetry and Moondance, Vibrance and Curiosity, you might also be a little hesitant about buying in when you don’t recognize or know them. We tried out several, and didn’t find one that we disliked too much- most all would be suitable for various themes or styles, from slightly beachy to summery to a little more masculine (Odyssey’s juniper and wood notes were flexible and nice). Only Zephyr felt a little too ‘classical’, with lotus and lily.

The company behind Aera, Prolitec, is a big name in the space, with a huge corporate client list and a background in scent technology that they have now brought into the consumer market. Obviously, there are other solutions out there like air fresheners, but we appreciated this one- the scent seemed evenly distributed over our 600 square foot area, and the capsules last quite a while- the firm suggests they should last up to sixty days covering 500 square feet, on an average setting of five, running 12 hours a day. Your mileage may vary, and your desire will certainly depend on how much you like the available scents- and the capsules do cost nearly $50 each, which can add up. The Aera also makes some noise, more than we expected. But it’s simple and has a fun tech angle, is far safer than candles and worked like a charm. Expect to spend around $250 online and in stores for the Aera Smart Home Fragrance System.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.



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