Nest smart thermostat goes on diet, works with more home energy systems

Nest smart thermostat goes on diet, works with more home energy systems

Summary: The new edition is 20 percent thinner than the original and works with 95 percent of all the residential cooling and heating technologies sold in the United States, according to Nest Labs.

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The second generation of the Nest Learning Thermostat, which was sold out before its original release last year, is making its debut in North America this week.

The biggest aesthetic design change is the technology's thinner profile (it is 20 percent slimmer than the original), as well as a new stainless-steel exterior ring that helps it blend into decor more easily. It will retail for about $249, and will ship to customers in the United States and Canada in mid-October (although you can pre-order it right now). The original version of the thermostat is now priced around $229; it can be updated with the new software features described below.

From a features standpoint, the new edition adds new integration capabilities -- it now works with an estimately 95 percent of all the residential heating and cooling systems currently sold in the United States, according to Nest Labs.

Nest AutoAway

"In the past year, we've accomplished a number of notable milestones, from having Nest thermostats connected -- and saving money and energy -- in every U.S. state and across Canada to achieving the best-seller status at Lowe's, Amazon and Apple's online store," said the company's founder and CEO Tony Fadell, in a prepared statement. "Our mission is to keep people comfortable in their homes while helping them save energy, and with the next-generation Nest Learning Thermostat, we're able to spread that comfort and savings to enve more homes -- and to help higher-efficiency systems perform the way they were meant to."

The updated Nest Learning Thermostat includes update system software that has four main advantages over the existing technology:

1) It better matches some of the more sophisticated features in home energy systems. For example, if you need the house to be a certain temperature by 6 a.m. when you wake up, Nest will figure out the best time to get the heating or cooling to kick in. The same goes for radiant heating system and heat pumps.

2) It includes additional auto-away and auto-schedule options, for when you aren't in the house and want to conserve energy.

3) It can be controlled with additional mobile platforms, including Android tablets, Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire. (The system already supports Apple, iPhone, iPad and Android smartphones.)

4) You can now program the system in French (which is a must for the Canadian market) or in Spanish, which are now included along with English as default languages.

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  • Technical Innovation

    The Nest costs five times more than a good setback thermostat. It takes care of basically the same functions, but it is insanely better at it. The first product introduced sold out. Instead of just thanking the engineers and paying the marketing folks, they designed a newer, better one. A lot of development outfits mouth the phrase "I you don't obsolete yourself, your competition will -- and will steal your customers" but few of them actually want to take a chance on improving an already best selling product. That takes a Jobs -- Or a Tony Fadell -- [MBA "Managers" hide your ears] a Techie.
    TomMariner
  • fluff are a fluff price.

    People with enough money to spend 249 on a themostat don't care about energy savings, because they buy carbon credits.
    Xyberviri
    • .

      A better choice is to lower your setting so that your unit rarely turns on, or better yet a better home design that doesn't require extra heating/cooling.
      Xyberviri
      • Because a new home design

        Would be far less expensive than a Nest Thermostat... /sarcasm.

        There are $50-$80 thermostats that do the trick as well - only they aren't capable of learning.
        athynz
  • Technical Innovation

    The Nest costs five times more than a good setback thermostat. It takes care of basically the same functions, but it is insanely better at it. The first product introduced sold out. Instead of just thanking the engineers and paying the marketing folks, they designed a newer, better one.

    A lot of outfits mouth the phrase "I you don't obsolete yourself, your competition will -- and will steal your customers" but few of them actually want to take a chance on improving an already best selling product. That takes a Jobs -- Or a Tony Fadell -- [MBA "Managers" hide your ears] a Techie. Look at Kodak's sclerotic management defending their film business to the last VP fired.
    TomMariner
  • Too bad...

    Great product, but crippled by its "only for rich folks" price. My home has two thermostats... I'm not nearly rich enough to pop $500 (!) for a set of these.

    Almost any decent development team can create great products at stratospheric prices (see Ferarri, Porsche, et al). TRUE innovation would be this same functionality at an affordable price.
    SbySW
  • Green Home

    I always check out this website before buying any products in energy saving - http://green-energy-at-home.com/category/green-products. My personal favourite is the Home Energy Monitor because it helps me track my energy consumption in my home.
    Louise Helshaw