The Nest Learning Thermostat learns your heating and cooling habits, creating energy-efficient, customizable temperature settings for homes. Oh, and you can control the Nest Learning Thermostat with your iPhone.
If the iPhone were round, wall-mounted and able to control the temperature of your house, it would look something like this.
The Nest Learning Thermostat, a slick, energy-saving thermostat for the era of big data and green everything, was released for the first time last year.
Tuesday, the Palo Alto, California-based Nest company released an updated version of the space-age thermostat that promises to be compatible with 95 percent of low voltage heating and cooling systems.
This isn’t your grandfather’s thermostat. Nest takes the notion of a “programmable” heating and cooling system and launches it firmly into the 21st century. The silver and black hockey puck-shaped device functions like most thermostats—you turn it up when you’re cold and down when you’re hot—but it also “learns.” By tracking when and by how much you adjust the temperature, the Nest builds a customized, highly optimized schedule for you, according to its makers.
Orwellian? Maybe. But certainly convenient.