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Google has announced that it will be making its Nest Thermostat smarter by adding new features to the device. Specifically, it has begun testing a new feature that is designed to alert homeowners to issues with the heating and cooling system. The feature will learn how to identify unusual patterns related to the HVAC system in the home and alert the owner to potential issues. HVAC alerts are based on information like the thermostat's historical data and current weather. The thermostat will detect patterns that might indicate something is wrong, such as the heating system taking longer to heat the home than usual. That could indicate an issue even if the homeowner hasn't noticed the problem. If... Read more...
Nest Labs hoped to spark an Internet of Things (IoT) revolution with the introduction of the Nest Learning Thermostat. After all, many homeowners had never encountered a thermostat that was so adept at maintaining heat/cooling levels using a bevy of sensors and software magic while shutting off when you left the room and turning back on when you returned. Nest’s achievements with its thermostat (and later, the Nest Protect) were enough to attract the attention of Google, which bought the company for $3.2 billion in 2014. While no one expects that a Nest thermostat should be locked down as securely as say, a smartphone, you would at least assume that it wouldn’t leak out personal information of... 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 presence in the room. Before, you had to be standing within three feet of the Nest for its its screen... Read more...
Earlier this year, Google made a big splash with its $3.2 billion acquisition of Nest Labs. In the months following the announcement, Google tossed around the idea of displaying ads on your thermostat or fridge and began the process of harvesting data from Nest Thermostat users.However, the Google-Nest Labs hook-up is beginning to make more and more sense as the couple closes in on one year post-acquisition. Today, Google announced that voice control is coming to the Nest Thermostat via Google Now for both Android and iOS users.All you have to do is say “OK Google” to being the process. Once prompted, you can say, “turn the thermostat to 67 degrees” and your command will be sent directly to the... Read more...