Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Nest - Learning WiFi Thermostat

How about a smart WiFi enabled thermostat? The Nest Learning Thermostat is just that. What makes it smart? Data from several sensors - Temperature (as you would expect), Humidity, Proximity, Far-field activity, Near-field activity, and Ambient light. It knows when you are home using the activity sensors. It lights up when you get close. You supply it with your zip code, so it knows what the weather is outside. It builds a history and develops a schedule for you based on the changes you make over time. It calculates how long it will take to reach a certain temperature. (In the summer that may be calculated in hours instead of minutes when we hit 100 and I want to get in the low 70's.) It has WiFi and you can control it remotely. I like where all this is going. I manually changed my thermostats, so I'm not sure if this would ever pay for itself, but I like gadgets.





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3 comments:

  1. I definitely hope some of those functionalities are disableable - our thermometers are in places that they would never know if we were home or not, and the kittens would pretty much turn into popsicles in the winter.

    'Side from that, though, it is a pretty slick piece of tech.

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  2. I have the same problem with one of mine. We just need to build houses around our thermostats.

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