IPod creators presented their new project: a self-training thermostat


It was reported in the summer that an unnamed pair of ex-Apple’s engineers on behalf of an unnamed startup is going to present an unnamed product. It turned out that they were Tony Fadell, Apple’s former Senior Vice President of the iPod division and the leading engineer Matt Rogers. They use the iPod click wheel in the new product.

This is not a music player of the new generation, instead they developed a thermostat. The new startup of Tony Fadell and Nest Labs decided to add to the design and purposefulness of Apple standard in those boxes that are installed on the walls of a quarter million American homes and offices, which control their internal temperature. Why? Fadell is sure that all existing thermostats are ugly and too difficult to use. He wants to do something that no one ever thinks about, and make it as a favorite object in the house.

Nest claims that their new product will be the most stylish and smartest thermostat. It will completely enter in your routine and will properly adjust the temperature in one week. For example, it will know that the whole family leaves the house at 9 am and will return somewhere in 4 pm. All this is possible, because there will be a set of six sensors that monitors such characteristics as temperature, light, humidity and motion.

These sensors will notify Nest that dwellers are not home, and it is necessary to reduce the temperature, if there will not be any movement for a long time. If a few thermostats will be installed, then they will work independently and interact with each other at the same time: so if dwellers enter the lobby, the thermostat upstairs will know that they are home.

The Nest has an outer click wheel, which can be turned to increase or decrease the temperature. The display shows the temperature in red color when it is high, and blue color when it is low.

As it becomes the twenty first century, the device supports iOS-devices and Wi-Fi, which allows adjusting parameters of Nest online (also it is promised an application for Android). There is an alternative to set the maximum and minimum temperature in the settings, as well as four-digit password to protect the children.

Wired called that the Nest is the iPod of thermostats, and it is true. However, it is still a thermostat, which costs $ 100 more than the majority of others. Would people overpay for the traditionally boring product with a design in Apple style? This will be known in November, when the device will become available in stores. The Best Buy and Nest Labs website are already taking pre-orders.

via Engadget, TechCrunch, Mashable
Pirat 26 october 2011, 16:47
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