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From iPods to thermostats, tackling home energy (photos)

The man who headed the original iPod development team has a new project - building a better thermostat.
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Topic: Innovation
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The Nest Learning Thermostat, built by a group led by the man who also headed up the original iPod and iPhone teams, is designed to improve home energy efficiency by giving households a heating or cooling controller that adapts to usage patterns and incorporates information gathered from the Internet. The device has a good deal of the DNA of the iPod and other Apple devices.

For more about the Nest Learning Thermostat, read <a href="http://news.cnet.com/8301-13772_3-20124057-52/ipod-creators-next-quest-making-thermostats-sexy/?tag=mncol;topStories">iPod creator's next quest: Making thermostats sexy</a> by Daniel Terdiman of CNET News.

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One key aspect of the Nest system is that users can control the thermostat from a mobile app.

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This is the entirety of what comes in the Nest Learning Thermostat box.

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The digital display shows blue when the system is cooling a house, and red when it is heating. It also shows how long it will take to get to a desired temperature.

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With Auto Away, the Learning Thermostat is designed to detect when no one is home, and to shut down heating or cooling.

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