Nest shows how much money its learning thermostat potentially saves


Nest shows how much money its learning thermostat potentially saves (Infographic) | 9to5Google

Google-owned programmable thermostat company Nest today published a blog post in which it breaks down exactly how much money using a learning thermostat can save. The post, and the included infographic cite “two independent studies” and claim that using a Nest saves customers approximately 10-12% on heating bills and 15% on cooling bills. In total, that’s an average of $131 to $145 a year.

Harmony Remote Now Works With Nest Learning Thermostat


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Logitech announced yesterday that their Harmony universal remote control devices range can now be integrated with Nest Thermostats – specifically the Harmony ‘Ultimate’ remote control. Together with their previously announced Philips HUE light integration and Sonos audio integration, the Harmony remote can now control your lights, audio and now heating for when you using one of the activities such as watching a movie, listening to music etc.

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Logitech state that you can:

  • See and set the temperature without leaving your couch
  • When paired with your Nest Thermostat, Harmony Ultimate lets you quickly and easily set your preferred temperature directly from the remote.
  • Change Nest heating and cooling modes
  • Easily access and select your preferred Nest operating mode—Heat, Cool, or Heat • Cool— on the remote’s full color touchscreen.
  • Ultimate lets Nest know you’re home
  • Pick up Harmony Ultimate when you return home and the remote’s motion sensor knows to tell Nest to switch off Auto-Away™ mode.
  • Pairing Nest with Harmony Ultimate is a snap
  • Use the MyHarmony desktop software to quickly add, pair and configure your Nest thermostat with your Harmony Ultimate remote. Get step-by-step instructions.
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I’m not really sure how useful it would be to adjust the temperature when starting or changing an activity, it seems more like a convenience to be able to adjust the temperature rather than anything else, however just having the ability to talk to the Nest Thermostat should be applauded.

You can find out more about the Harmony ULTIMATE remote here.

Google’s Nest Buys Dropcam for $555 Million


Liz Gannes:

Dropcam, the popular home monitoring camera startup, will be acquired by Nest, maker of smart thermostats and smoke detectors. The deal is worth $555 million in cash.

Nest itself was just purchased by Google just four months ago for $3.2 billion. But the company says it is undertaking this acquisition on its own, outside of Google. Dropcam will be folded into Nest’s brand and company culture, and will also be subject to its privacy policy, Matt Rogers, Nest co-founder and VP of engineering, told Re/code in an interview Friday.

Things are really heating up in ‘The Internet of Things’ space – Everybody, including Google yesterday are vying to dominate this space.

Honeywell turns up the heat with the Lyric smart thermostat


John Callaham:

Lyric’s biggest bullet point is its use of geofencing. In basic terms, when a person leaves their home with their smartphone, the Lyric senses when they depart and adjusts the temperature inside to a level designed to save money. When that same person makes the return trip home, the Lyric again detects when the person is getting close and adjusts the temperature again to make sure that the home is comfortable again when the home owner enters.

So we have Nest, Hive and now Honeywell’s Lyric battling to be king of the thermostat. It’s like this – whoever opens up their API’s so that they may work with other applications like SmartThings and now Apple will get my cash..

Nest’s Tony Fadell: No Ads on Thermostats


Liz Gannes:

So Fadell, who is speaking next week at our Code Conference, tried to clarify the matter. “Nest is being run independently from the rest of Google, with a separate management team, brand and culture,” he said in an emailed statement. “For example, Nest has a paid-for business model, while Google has generally had an ads-supported business model. We have nothing against ads — after all Nest does lots of advertising. We just don’t think ads are right for the Nest user experience.”

Google had earlier said that the filing published today was submitted prior to its acquisition of Nest. The specific wording said, “a few years from now, we and other companies could be serving ads and other content on refrigerators, car dashboards, thermostats, glasses, and watches, to name just a few possibilities.” This was in a section where Google was trying to justify why it doesn’t break out numbers for mobile advertising revenue from other advertising by saying that phones are just one of very many integrated platforms.

Google had earlier put out a statement saying something similar, though perhaps it means more coming directly from Fadell. “We are in contact with the SEC to clarify the language in this 2013 filing, which does not reflect Google’s product roadmap. Nest, which we acquired after this filing was made, does not have an ads-based model and has never had any such plans.”

Panic over – for the moment. For customers who were worried about Google’s purchase of Nest and their thermostats, this should come as a relief for the foreseeable future. Fadell has created such a great product and Google just wants to own it, not interfere with it. For now.