What is Nest Labs, and why is it so valuable?
According to the companyâ??s website, Nest reinvents unloved but important home products, like the thermostat and smoke alarm.
The company focuses on delighting customers with simple, beautiful and thoughtful hardware, software and services.
The Nest Learning Thermostatâ?¢ and Nest Energy Services offerings address home energy consumption, and Nest Protect: Smoke + Carbon Monoxideâ?¢ will help keep people safe. Nest products are sold in the U.S., U.K. and Canada, and are installed in more than 90 countries.
The Nest Learning Thermostat has helped save more than 1 000 000 000 kWh of energy to date.
Even Ellen was impressed
The innovative company was even featured on the Ellen Degeneres show
Google invested in Nest Labs early
It says the company’s Nest Learning Thermostat has been a “consistent best-seller.”
The thermostat, which retails for $249 (R2 700), is designed to learn how inhabitants like their homes to be heated and cooled. Once it learns the consumers’ preferences, it automatically adjusts the temperature on its own.
Alarm system â??speaksâ? to users
The Nest Protect alarm is intended to be less annoying than traditional alarms: when it detects rising smoke or carbon monoxide levels, it lights up yellow and speaks with human voice, giving consumers an option to turn the device off if there is no emergency.
They can stop the alert by waving an arm.
Nest Labs is based in Palo Alto, California. It was founded in 2010 by Tony Fadell, a gadget guru who helped design the iPod and original iPhone while working at Apple.