Almost looks like an Apple product, right? Not surprising since the two co-founders, Tony Fadell and Matt Rogers, both helped develop and design many generations of the iPod and iPhone.
The Nest Learning Thermostat is different from other digital thermostats in that,
- it is simple (according to one study, 90% of programmable thermostats are rarely or never programmed since they're so complicated to operate),
- it continues to "learn" and improve efficiency using a combination of sensors and algorithms,
- it connects to WiFi to integrate current weather conditions in understanding energy use,
- it is easily controllable remotely using your computer or smartphone, and finally,
- it just looks awesome.
"We’ve built the world’s first learning thermostat — a thermostat for the iPhone generation," Mr. Fadell said.
Why so much excitement about a thermostat? As Nest puts it, "We didn't think thermostats mattered either... until we learned they control about 50% of our energy bill".
So true! Check out this article I wrote about learning the hard way about the impact of heating/cooling.
Though the Nest has a steeper price tag than other thermostats ($249), the savings are immediate and you'll have a payback period of 1-2 years.
But no use in trying to snag a Nest for this Christmas, since they've already sold out for 2011. But you can still put your name in to order a Nest for early 2012.
Check out this video to see the Nest in action.
via Dead Rooster