This is big. Google has acquired Nest Labs, a Palo Alto, Calif.-based maker of smart thermometers and smoke detectors for a cool $3.2 billion in cash, reports Chris Preimesberger over at eWEEK. “Google took another big step Jan. 13 in its quest to become a major player in the connected-home Internet of Things market,” he wrote. Agreed. […]
Nest to Honeywell: Bring it!
When you can’t innovate, sue? Unfortunately, that seems to be the extent of the competitive strategies chapter in today’s corporate playbook. The Verge — quickly becoming one of my favorite tech blogs, FYI — has a great post on how Honeywell sicced its lawyers on Nest, the home energy management startup behind the lust-worthy, iPod-inspired […]
Nest Floats 2.0 Update
What happens when you cloud-enable a smart thermostat? You get delicious updates, that’s what. Nest is rolling out updates to “Nesters” over the next couple of days. According to the smart energy startup, they include some neat touches like iPhone, Android or Web apps with more controls. An exciting new addition is Energy History. As […]
Nest: The iPod of smart thermostats
What does a former Apple exec that’s responsible for the iconic iPod do when the thermostats on the market are too lame for his new green home? He brings design and software savvy to bear on the problem. The result is the puck-like Nest, from Tony Fadell’s startup of the same name. It’s a learning, connected thermostat […]