What would an Apple developer do if he or she had the chance to totally revamp the lowly home HVAC thermostat?  One answer is provided by the new Nest “learning thermostat.”

Developed by two former Apple iPod execs (Tony Fadell and Matt Rogers), the Nest programs itself based upon your actions and actual behavioral patterns, and as a result, anticipates your cooling & heating needs, thereby saving energy.

Want sexy features?  Check out the built-in WiFi capability, which enables you to control your Nest thermostat from any web browser or your iPhone.  The WiFi connection also enables the device to automatically download software updates, as well as monitor local weather conditions and forecasts. If you come home unexpectedly, that is, contrary to your normal patterns, a proximity sensor will trigger Nest to raise or lower the temperature, depending upon the season and the preferences it has learned from your behavior. In addition, Nest will also “teach” you how to conserve energy.  For example, when you change the temperature setting, Nest will indicate how long it will take for your system to reach that temperature; a one or two degree smaller change can make a big usage/savings difference.  Finally, a green leaf icon indicates when Nest is saving energy, further encouraging sensible energy use on your part.

This quick video provides a decent overview:

With its price at $249, payback may not occur until President Bieber’s second term, but you’ve gotta love the sheer sexiness of the thing.

If you’d like to learn more, check out the Nest homepage:  Nest learning thermostat.  And look for a full review including the installation process here in another couple of months.

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1 Comment on Quick Look: the Nest “learning thermostat”

  1. Adriano says:

    Interesting device! But, actually, the best way to save money is keeping the heating at max 18 degrees C, which is the most comfortable temperature for all, according to experts.

    Besides, in Italy there is a maximum temperature by law (21 degrees C) for homes, and public authorities decide where and when you are allowed to turn on the heating.


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