Did Energy saving just become sexy? The world first learning thermostat had just been announced by Nest Labs.
The interesting part is that it was designed by the man who invented the iPod concept and brought it to Steve Jobs for creation, Mr Tony Fedell.
Tony Fedell was one of the lead Apple innovators who took a major part not only in the iPod creation but also in many of the iPhones and other Apple devices.
Fedell left Apple last year to pursue technologies that will help the world be “green” and Today we are finally starting to see some of the things that Mr Fedell had in mind.
The new learning thermostat has the look of a cool smooth gadget with clear and good looking display and a brushed metal surrounding. It’s aimed to replaced the older thermostats which you see in offices and buildings these days (most are mechanical square boxes).
The new learning thermostat is much smarter then what first appears: it allows smart programming of different settings by timeÂ (i.e. program it to shut off the A/C at nights when you’re not in the office or to start the heating at home when you are supposed to arrive).
The “learning” part is that after a week of learning how the user sets and changes it, the new learning thermostat will be capable to automatically repeat that pattern (so if for example you turn the heat a bit during lunch on Monday it will do the same for you next Monday without you telling it to).
There are also many other cool features like a built in motion sensor that can turn the thermostat to an “away” state when you’re not in the room, integrated Wifi that allows the thermostat to connect to your network and read/set it remotely (you can turn on your home heating when you are about to leave the office towards home).
The device stores many other cool features and settings that allow a huge set of customizations,taking thermostats to a whole new level. It really seems to be a game changer in the thermal settings world as no other device has these abilities.
The planned price tag will be 249$ which according to Nest and to the U.S. department of energy will still be a couple of hundreds of dollars less then what you will save each year by using it..