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  • Father of the iPod Changing the World of Home Thermostats



    Tony Fadell is as much a part of Apple's success over the last 10 years as any member of Jobs' executive team. As the VP of the iPod Division Fadell oversaw the development of the iPod and iPhone between 2001 and 2009, and now he is tackling the next logical product: the home thermostat.

    Fadell and partner Matt Rogers (a former engineer at Apple as well) have developed Nest, a new and incredibly smart take on the home thermostat. Described as a "thermostat for the iPhone generation" by Fadell, Nest fuses the simplicity and functionality of the iDevice into a household appliance often taken for granted. The Nest Thermostat includes motion sensors that allow the thermostat to adjust the temperature when people are in the room and can even learn a home owners habits eliminating the need to program thermostats.

    "There are no great consumer products in this area. There's an entire generation of folks used to beautiful, intuitive products that are easy to easy and you don't have to go out of your way to work with." — Rogers
    More than looking cool, and being functionally superior Nest will help households save money. The EPA estimates the average household can cut energy bills by up to 30% a year by programming their thermostat. Heating and cooling account for about half of a household's energy use throughout the year, equating to about $1,000 a year. Saving 30% in the first year of use would more than pay for the $250 price tag of Nest.

    Nest goes as far as to show owners how much energy they’ve saved from day-to-day, how long it takes to reach the desired temperature, as well as a bevy of other statistics. The custom OS running on the device is incredibly simple to use, and eye-catching as well. I can't say I've imagined a scenario where I'd be excited over a thermostat. Well now I am. More specifically I'm excited to program my thermostat from my iOS device (or Android too).

    The Nest thermostat is available for pre-order from the company's website with the first units shipping out November 14 of this year. Nest will be making its way onto Best Buy shelves as well, but the number of stores carrying Nest is currently limited.


    Source: CNET
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Father of the iPod Changing the World of Home Thermostats started by Phillip Swanson View original post
    Comments 28 Comments
    1. RobertZama's Avatar
      RobertZama -
      The ad is so Apple like, it would have been so much nicer if it had the Apple logo also Siri implementation would have been great. "Siri, set temperature to 72 half an hour before i get home"

      Also i think that the soundtrack was made in GarageBand on an ipad2
    1. Zakaryya's Avatar
      Zakaryya -
      A step too far methinks get a life, guys. As for the beta tester.. is that your claim to fame? Leave it out, mate. Beta tester for a digital thermostat, I can trump that.. I was a beta tester for my mamas milk
    1. xela71's Avatar
      xela71 -
      whatever happened to long johns & comfy pj's?! i don't use my thermostat at all! saves more than just a bundle!!!
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by xtreme84 View Post

      I was apart of the beta test team. It truly is amazing how easy this is to use and the difference it makes for saving energy. This is the coolest thing I've gotten to beta test and is now even cooler knowing that an engineer from apple is the one that made it. I'll definitely be using these in automation systems I install for a living. Only thing I hope they develop are sensors for other rooms for detecting whether your home or not and the ability to communicate between more than one unit in a home.
      Last I read they do communicate with each other and you can have more than one in the house in different areas.
    1. raduga's Avatar
      raduga -
      Quote Originally Posted by zakaryya View Post
      a step too far methinks Get a life, guys. As for the beta tester.. Is that your claim to fame? Leave it out, mate. Beta tester for a digital thermostat, i can trump that.. I was a beta tester for my mamas milk :d
      no, u!
    1. syedsufyan's Avatar
      syedsufyan -
      jailbreak team, here we come!
    1. MANOWAR©'s Avatar
      MANOWAR© -
      This is nothing new. I have the 3M50 by filterete that I control with my iPhone over my homes wifi. It was only 100 bucks also.

      Wifi Thermostat from Filtrete | The Home Depot - Model#: 3M-50
    1. luvmytj's Avatar
      luvmytj -
      Quote Originally Posted by MANOWAR© View Post
      This is nothing new. I have the 3M50 by filterete that I control with my iPhone over my homes wifi. It was only 100 bucks also.

      Wifi Thermostat from Filtrete | The Home Depot - Model#: 3M-50
      While the one you mention can be controlled by wi-fi it has nowhere's near the features that Nest has. I can see why the Filtrete is only $100. It doesn't really compare.