Apple Retail Stores will sell the Nest thermostat, according to a report from iLounge.
The Nest is the brainchild of Tony Fadell, one of the co-creators of the original iPod. A Wi-Fi enabled thermostat that learns from the user and promises significant energy savings, not to mention a much greater ease of use than traditional "smart" thermostats.
The Nest's iPhone app allows users to check and change their Nest's temperature and schedule remotely. It also allows users to view the history of their heating and cooling systems over the past 10 days. It's available free on the App Store. [Direct Link]
The thermostat will be sold for $249, the same price as on the Nest web store. Nest has also expanded its distribution to Lowe's.
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I don't think they would be selling them if they hadn't been created by Tony Fadell.
Apple sells iPhone enabled scales (http://store.apple.com/us/product/H4867VC/A/WiFi_body_scale_by_Withings), blood pressure cuffs (http://store.apple.com/us/product/H6012ZM/A/Withings_Smart_Blood_Pressure_Monitor), and meat thermometers (http://store.apple.com/us/product/H6252VC/A/igrill-grilling-cooking-thermometer).
This isn't surprising at all. What IS surprising is that it took this long.
I don't know how usual/unusual this is; but it strikes me as a very positive step. Nice to see a good working relationship between Apple and (the new employer of) an ex-Apple staffer.
Whoa whoa whoa...what right do you have to say I don't care for my pets? I have three cats and a dog, and I love them all. I take them to the vet, give them love and attention, keep them safely in the house or yard so they don't get injured. And my home is never at a temperature that would cause them harm. It's not like the temperature in the house goes up to 100 degrees or down to freezing when I'm away from the house.
Do you honestly think the pets care if kept right at 72 degrees? If you keep your house heated or cooled to the temperatures you prefer because you think it matters to your pets, you're wasting some serious money on your heating and cooling bills. That's fine for you, but not for me. The house can be 50 degrees and the pets are fine. The house can be 85 degrees and they're fine. In the summer, they have a nice cool basement to go into if they're too hot. In the winter, there's a sunroom that's always warmer than the rest of the house if they're too cold. And don't forget...they have fur to keep them warm. The point in my previous statement was that the animals aren't going to be bothered by the usual fluctuations in temperature throughout the day.
In the future, you really should try to avoid making assumptions about people when you have no idea what you're talking about.