Nest – A Thermostat That Works Like an iPod

Posted by Mayank on December 15, 2011 in Review

Remember Tony Fadell? Fadell is one of Apple’s least-known legends, even though he should be known as the father of iPod. Tony’s story of his incredibly quick rise from contractor to Sr. V.P. in five years and then his departure can be found in the book Steve Jobs. Tony went on to create a company, Nest Labs, whose first product – Nest Thermostat works just like an iPod.

The clean Apple aesthetic and intuitive ease-of-use are also evident in the Nest Learning Thermostat. The temperature is displayed in bright, clear numerals, and the rim ring acts as the dial. The LCD-lit center turns red if you are raising the temperature and shows blue if you are lowering it. A green leaf appears under the number to indicate a setting for optimal energy savings. Not only that, the Nest programs itself, using software to analyze and track your usage patterns over time. Once it learns your preferences, it adjusts itself automatically, and even turns itself down to the “Away” mode, if it doesn’t sense any movement in the house. The Nest also comes with a mobile app that lets you change the temperature and schedule remotely by laptop, smartphone or pad.

Remotely controlled programmable thermostats are not new to the marketplace. What makes Nest exceptional is that it is designed for the user, just like the Apple products. Temperature display is big and bold, you don’t have to struggle to find the correct temperature setting and read the instructions. All the complex engineering of the product is not at all evident to the user, making it look simple and user friendly.
Nest sports a chameleon design designed to reflect your wall color and blend in with your home. Nest learns every time you turn the ring, remembers when you’ll be up and when you’ll be out. It programs itself in about a week and keeps learning with changes in your life. It create a personalized schedule based on the temperature changes you’ve made.
Nest Thermostat has been sold out for 2011 and will be available again in 2012 (as you can see in their website). We found a few deals available in Amazon though – if you’re interested, you can check them here. Here’s a brief video of the Nest Thermostat.

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