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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. robbpell's Avatar
      robbpell -
      I've never felt this way about a thermostat. #blush
    1. sTrAnGe mOdS's Avatar
      sTrAnGe mOdS -
      Thats freakin' awesome. Essentially its a Apple Thermostat. Hey, maybe eventually we can all get a "iHome"
    1. jamesgunaca's Avatar
      jamesgunaca -
      The world needs more innovations like this. It's very simple, yet efficient. And it's elegant to boot!
    1. Rakim's Avatar
      Rakim -
      Quote Originally Posted by jamesgunaca View Post
      The world needs more innovations like this. It's very simple, yet efficient. And it's elegant to boot!
      Agreed!!!

      I Want one........
    1. DaLsim's Avatar
      DaLsim -
      Nice, Now i can set it and forget i even have it.
    1. MikePA's Avatar
      MikePA -
      $249? I'll pass.
    1. Hyperextension's Avatar
      Hyperextension -
      Just preordered mine! $249 is not much considering other programmable thermostats run you $100+ and they do not have the functionality that this does. Couple that with the cost savings in a year. Smart investment.
    1. Aehmlo's Avatar
      Aehmlo -
      Quote Originally Posted by sTrAnGe mOdS View Post
      Thats freakin' awesome. Essentially its a Apple Thermostat. Hey, maybe eventually we can all get a "iHome"

      You do realize that there already is an iHome, for playing music? Maybe an iHouse, or, knowing Apple, iHome 2.
    1. xtreme84's Avatar
      xtreme84 -
      I've had one of these for almost 3 months, it is amazing! Love how I can check on and control it from anywhere I am with computer or my phone
    1. luvmytj's Avatar
      luvmytj -
      I just pre-ordered mine! Great concept!The story on this item is all over the web as of today so pre-order soon!LOL. Do you think there is gonna be a line at their front door on November 14th like with iDevices?
    1. JackJoned's Avatar
      JackJoned -
      Quote Originally Posted by jamesgunaca View Post
      The world needs more innovations like this. It's very simple, yet efficient. And it's elegant to boot!

      The world needs more innovations like this....

      such as our job's.


      Let's be real about this he is a boxer.
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      When it comes out I will be showing my parents this. It is perfectly what they have been looking for. If I had a house I would totally get one or more.

      It would be perfect in their home and being able to have more than one to help keep track of the house would be perfect. They go down south a couple times in the winter and with this I could adjust the temp of their house if we have a sudden drop in temp while they are away without me having to drive all the way to their house.


      250$ is not much compared to how much some of the programmable ones are.
    1. iphoneadam's Avatar
      iphoneadam -
      Quote Originally Posted by luvmytj View Post
      I just pre-ordered mine! Great concept!The story on this item is all over the web as of today so pre-order soon!LOL. Do you think there is gonna be a line at their front door on November 14th like with iDevices?
      Talk about a little tech obsessed. Find another hobby bro
    1. sTrAnGe mOdS's Avatar
      sTrAnGe mOdS -
      Quote Originally Posted by Aehmlo View Post

      You do realize that there already is an iHome, for playing music? Maybe an iHouse, or, knowing Apple, iHome 2.
      You do realize that I was joking and being literal? No need to try to correct me, I'm pretty sure everyone knows of the iHome docks.
    1. frankjc81's Avatar
      frankjc81 -
      Quote Originally Posted by MikePA View Post
      $249? I'll pass.
      Check out Honeywell hd wireless. $350+. I'm in the hvac field and 249$ for what this thing does is unreal.just watching the video i thought 500$ at least.

      Quote Originally Posted by xtreme84 View Post
      I've had one of these for almost 3 months, it is amazing! Love how I can check on and control it from anywhere I am with computer or my phone
      Howd you get it early?
    1. raduga's Avatar
      raduga -
      Huh.
      if Tony was the iPod's Father, does that mean Steve was the Mother?
    1. xtreme84's Avatar
      xtreme84 -
      Howd you get it early?[/QUOTE]

      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.
    1. dknowle's Avatar
      dknowle -
      Quote Originally Posted by Aehmlo View Post

      You do realize that there already is an iHome, for playing music? Maybe an iHouse, or, knowing Apple, iHome 2.
      You do realize that iHome is not made by Apple, or this thermostat?

      Thermostat seems pretty neat. But I'm home all the time so I think I'll stick with my cheap and simple one.
    1. vaughnhenry2's Avatar
      vaughnhenry2 -
      I just ordered mine, it said expected shipping date is Nov 28
    1. lhn555's Avatar
      lhn555 -
      "I just jailbroke my thermostat!" xD