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We can’t say that we didn't see this one coming. There’s been trouble brewing in Alphabet’s Nest home automation division for months. The company has been dogged by reports of missed revenue targets, internal fighting amongst executives, and a less than stellar acquisition of security camera manufacturer Dropcam. Given all of the dark clouds circling the company, it should come as no surprise that Nest co-founder and CEO Tony Fadell is jumping ship. Fadell has been at the helm of Nest since it launched its first product, the Nest Learning Thermostat, in October 2011. But according to Fadell, now... Read more...
The whole smart home movement is very much in its infancy in terms of product maturity and mainstream adoption. It's likely to stay that way for some time to come, in part over fear of buying into soon-to-be obsolete technologies. That's the situation buyers of Revolv's smart home hub now find themselves in as Nest, a subsidiary of Alphabet, gets ready to end support for Revolv's platform. Unfortunately for anyone who's configured a smart home around Revolv, end of support doesn't simply mean no more security updates or patches, it's much worse than that. When Nest pulls the plug on May 15, 2016,... Read more...
Winter is upon us and with it comes snow, ice, and chilly temperatures, depending on where you live. There's probably no worse time of the year for a home thermostat to give up the ghost, but unfortunately for Nest owners, that's exactly what happened, causing in-home temperatures to plummet overnight. For some, it was a cold inconvenience, and the worst of it was waking up to a cold home because Nest had stopped working sometime in the night. For others, it was a potentially costly scenario, such as one user who complained on Nest's forums that the pipes froze overnight in a home they recently... Read more...
Blink and you might miss it. Yes, this is actually the third generation Nest thermostat and I actually had to see it side-by-side with the second generation unit before I could tell what had been changed — and I actually have two second generation Nest thermostats in my house. The third generation Nest has a 40 percent larger display and is slightly thinner than its predecessor (which itself was thinner than the chunky first generation model). The new Nest also bring with it a new feature called Farsight, which allows the device to “wake” its screen to display the temperature if it senses your... Read more...
Just as you can't walk into a McDonald's and order a Whopper, you can no longer waltz into one of Apple's retail stores or visit the company's online shop and pick up a Nest thermostat, which is owned by rival Google. They've been yanked from store shelves, both physical and virtual, to make room for products that tap into Apple's own HomeKit home automation technology.Apple also kicked two other Nest products to the curb, at least for now -- the Nest Cam, a Wi-Fi video camera that lets you see your home on your phone, and the Next Protect, a second generation smoke and CO alarm that talks that... Read more...
If you've been itching to give your Nest smart thermostat a security camera sibling, your oddly specific desire can soon become a reality. It appears that Nest will be unveiling a security camera next week that shows off its Dropcam lineage, but has been given an aesthetics overhaul to look great wherever you want to put it. While it appears that this camera has been in its testing phase for a while, concrete details on its features is slim. What is said is that it will be able to stream at 1080p, and we'd imagine record at that resolution, too. It'll also have Bluetooth, which will probably be... Read more...
A Google Glass comeback is in the near-ish future, according to an Italian eyewear maker who pegged the launch date as February or March of 2016. That’s a fast turnaround for a device that stumbled so badly in its debut, but the apparent partnership with Luxottica is promising, at least from style standpoint. When Google pulled its Google Glass Explorer program in January, the company gave little hint of what was in store for the future of the wearable device. Few people doubted that Google Glass would return, however, and word soon spread that design powerhouse (and Nest co-founder) Tony Fadell... Read more...
It looks like we could be seeing an audio-related Nest product in the not-so-distant future. This news stems from the fact that Nest posted a job ad that seeks a "highly technical Head of Audio to lead the development of Nest Audio across hardware and software, present and future." That speaks volumes (no pun). Whoever gets hired will get to lead a team that oversees the development of 'Nest Audio', which will involve both hardware and software. Whatever comes from this will be an end-user product, but that's probably not too much of a surprise. It's an interesting move for Nest, although not really... Read more...
Google Glass is going on hiatus and when it returns, the revamped, computerized eyewear will be a completely different animal than its predecessor. Last month, Google shut down the Glass Explorer program, which was a semi-public testing program for the prototype Glass. It appears that the plan now it to completely rebuild the Glass from scratch, using what was learned from the prototype. Image Credit: GoogleDon’t expect to see the Glass again anytime soon. Where the Google X team first released the Glass into the world very early in the development process (too early, according to some), the team... Read more...
Google-owned Nest finally has something it has been wanting for a long time: numbers. With two independent studies in hand (along with another study commissioned by Nest), the young home automation company can talk to you (with much more credibility) about how much its customers are saving on their heating bills by installing the Nest Thermostat. The numbers are pretty impressive: a Nest house typically saves about $131 to $145 per year. Change the temperature a few times and the Nest learns how to keep you home at the right temp (at the right time). As Nest is quick to point out in its new white... Read more...
There are some big changes in store for Google Glass, and the first change is the demise of the Glass Explorer program. Google opened up the Explorer program in April 2014 to anyone that was willing to fork over $1,500 for the privilege to own Glass. After January 19, the only individuals that will have access to Glass will be companies involved in the Glass at Work program and app developers.  Glass is also getting promoted from the Google X research lab, and will get its own independent division within Google. Current Google Glass chief Ivy Ross will still head the division, but she will... Read more...
The lowly home thermostat is fast becoming an important seller for smart home companies. Nest put a spotlight on it with the Wi-Fi connected Nest Learning Thermostat and Honeywell, a longtime thermostat maker, has been pumping out flashy touch-screen competitors. Now Quirky is getting into the mix with Norm. Quirky, famous for crowd-sourcing unusual tech products, built Norm to connect to its Wink wireless smart home system. In fact, you’ll need to buy a Wink product in order to make Norm work. Even so, the prices for Quirky’s smart home products are starting off well below those of... Read more...
When you spend $3.2 billion acquiring a company, it's good form (and business) to do something with the newly acquired asset after the fact. That's how much Google paid to absorb Nest and its line of smart, connected thermostats and smoke detectors, and after six months since completing the deal, there's a major software update available intended to make its smart thermostat even smarter. One of the big features of Nest is its Auto-Schedule function. Using this feature, the thermostat learns the temperatures you like and then sets them automatically. With the 4.3 software update that's now available,... Read more...
When Google does something, it tends to do it big. So when the company made its acquisition of Nest earlier this year, there was little doubt that it was going to make a noticeable impact on the home automation market. But Nest is more hardware-focused than software-focused, and the software it does have affects nothing other than its own line. That's not a roadblock that Google enjoyed being behind, so it's pushed on through and has announced an acquisition of Revolv, a Colorado-based company with a decade of experience in home automation software. While Revolv has its own hardware product, Google... Read more...
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