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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...
10-25-2011, 03:35 PM #1
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
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.
Last edited by Phillip Swanson; 10-25-2011 at 03:40 PM.
10-25-2011, 03:51 PM #2
I've never felt this way about a thermostat. #blush
10-25-2011, 04:02 PM #3
Thats freakin' awesome. Essentially its a Apple Thermostat. Hey, maybe eventually we can all get a "iHome"
10-25-2011, 04:03 PM #4
The world needs more innovations like this. It's very simple, yet efficient. And it's elegant to boot!
10-25-2011, 04:11 PM #5
10-25-2011, 04:27 PM #6
Nice, Now i can set it and forget i even have it.
10-25-2011, 05:09 PM #7
$249? I'll pass.
10-25-2011, 05:49 PM #8
Just preordered mine! $249 is not much considering other programmable thermostats run you $100+ and they do not have the functionality that this does. Couple that with the cost savings in a year. Smart investment.
10-25-2011, 05:55 PM #9
10-25-2011, 08:16 PM #10
I've had one of these for almost 3 months, it is amazing! Love how I can check on and control it from anywhere I am with computer or my phone
10-25-2011, 08:56 PM #11
I just pre-ordered mine! Great concept!The story on this item is all over the web as of today so pre-order soon!LOL. Do you think there is gonna be a line at their front door on November 14th like with iDevices?
10-25-2011, 08:59 PM #12
10-25-2011, 09:05 PM #13
When it comes out I will be showing my parents this. It is perfectly what they have been looking for. If I had a house I would totally get one or more.
It would be perfect in their home and being able to have more than one to help keep track of the house would be perfect. They go down south a couple times in the winter and with this I could adjust the temp of their house if we have a sudden drop in temp while they are away without me having to drive all the way to their house.
250$ is not much compared to how much some of the programmable ones are.
10-25-2011, 09:28 PM #14
10-25-2011, 09:31 PM #15
8GB iPod Touch 1G: 1.1.1 > 1.1.2 > 1.2 > 2.0 > 2.0.1 > 2.1 > 2.2 > 2.2.1 > 3.0 > 3.0.1 GM RedSn0wed
16GB iPhone 3G > Sold $375 > iPhone 4: 4.2.8 > 5.0
32GB iPad: 3.2 > 3.2.1 > Traded For MacBook > Traded + $500 For MacBook Pro
10-25-2011, 09:42 PM #16
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10-25-2011, 09:48 PM #17
if Tony was the iPod's Father, does that mean Steve was the Mother?
10-25-2011, 11:35 PM #18
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.
Last edited by xtreme84; 10-25-2011 at 11:38 PM.
10-26-2011, 05:10 AM #19
10-26-2011, 11:28 AM #20
I just ordered mine, it said expected shipping date is Nov 28