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
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.