If you've been waiting to get your hands on one of Google's oh-so-special Nest thermostats, but balking at the super-high price, now's your chance to get one at a (slight) discount. The connected home gadget is on sale at major US retailers, including Amazon, Best Buy, Home Depot, and Newegg. Customers can pick one up for $199.99, fifty bucks and twenty percent off of the retail price. That's still quite expensive for a thermostat, but not bad for someone hoping to dive into the connected home ecosystem.
Tony Fadell announced today that he is leaving Nest, having run the company - which was bought by Google in 2014 - since its founding in 2011. According to a post by Fadell on the official Nest blog, his departure has been in the works since late last year. Marwan Fawaz, previously of Motorola and Charter Communications, will be taking over Fadell's role as CEO at Nest going forward.
Nest hasn't had a particularly easy time of it lately. In fact, Fadell himself has been at the center of some decidedly negative attention in regard to how the company is managed, as well as the relatively slow pace at which it has released new products.
Nest products are attractive because of their brains. They're not bad-looking, don't get me wrong, but its the smart things they do that keep people interested. The company's latest inclusion gets Nest interacting with your entire family.
The products now support family accounts, which can manage up to ten people. This way anyone in the house can change the temperature or receive notifications without needing the master password. Each person can interact with a Nest Thermostat, Nest Protect, or Nest Cam.
If you want a sleek and sexy thermostat to control your home's temperature, then there's no better device on the market then the Nest Learning Thermostat. Now in its third generation, the Nest helps keep your house at a comfortable temperature, but only while you are home, saving you money on your energy bill. It doesn't hurt that it looks great while doing so.
The Nest has sold very well and it's rare to see the price on the current gen model dip far below full retail. It is, however, on sale today at $199.99 on eBay, a $50 savings from the normal retail price.
Let's face it, the new Nest Cam wasn't probably on your Black Friday radar because the cost of the unit is hardly in its hardware, but in the somewhat needed Nest Aware subscription. If you're willing to put down $100-300 per year on that, a few saved bucks here and there won't make that much of a difference. But since we're thrifty people and we think every dollar counts, we'll tell you about this Nest Cam discount anyway.
Nest has announced that a communication protocol it's been using internally for its products is now being made available to all device makers. It's called Weave, and I know what you're thinking, but it's not the same as Google's Weave/Brillo platform (because that's not confusing at all). Nest Weave will allow devices around your home to communicate directly (and with the Nest app) rather than relying on the cloud.
Smart home technology is great. The Nest Learning Thermostat, Phillips Hue, and Sonos sound systems are wonderful products that make life more convenient, automated, and beautiful. These technologies are great, but many components in a smart home are controlled by applications from a smart phone or tablet. Having to pull your phone out of your pocket and unlock it every time you want to turn off the lights while watching a movie can be a little annoying.
Fortunately, the Logitech Harmony Home Control makes running a smart home a little easier. The remote works great for controlling your media center, but it also can be programmed to control many different home automation devices.
It's always fun to have the latest and greatest version of the gadgets we love, but sometimes the previous generation is nearly as good and a better overall value. Such may be the case with the new Nest Learning Thermostat.
The 3rd generation of the popular temperature controller was announced yesterday and boasts a few minor improvements over the now "old" 2nd generation Nest. The display is larger, it's a bit thinner, and sports a couple of new features and sensors. If you want to read the full breakdown of changes you can read Cameron's article about the product announcement here.
I'm going to be honest with you guys: I honestly never though the "learning thermostat" thing would actually be a...thing. A thing that people cared about; a thing that anyone wanted (outside of a select few, anyway). But I was wrong about that. Tons of people have Nest Thermostats, and tons of people love them.
Today, Nest announced the third generation of its well-received thermostat.