Tony Fadell’s took his incredible design talents and started a new company, called Nest, building thermostats for your air conditioning and heating systems. The thermostats are sleek, sexy even, and easy to use – just like many people describe their iPods or other Apple technology.
The Nest is the iPod of thermostats. A simple loop of brushed stainless steel encases a chassis of reflective polymer, which encircles a crisp color digital display. Artificial intelligence figures out when to turn down the heat and when to jack up the air conditioning, so that you don’t waste money and perturb the ozone when no one is home, or when you’re asleep upstairs. You can communicate with the Nest from your smartphone, tablet or web browser.
According to the article, Fadell started his new company after an experience building a green home. He was frustrated with high-end thermostats and thought they were difficult to use. He also thought they were ugly.
Thus, the Nest thermostat’s design.
The Nest does cost more than typical thermostats. It will sell for $249. Fadell, as stated in the article, is now waiting to find out if people will be that much to fall in love with their thermostat.