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Awesomesauce- the Nest Learning Thermostat

Laura Mego

I think it’s time I came clean. I have been lusting over a thermostat for months. My friends think I’m nuts, my family tells me on a regular basis to just shut up about the dang thermostat already, and I keep putting off writing about it here, since drooling over a thermostat isn’t something a normal human being should do. But you should see the Nest Learning Thermostat.

It’s no secret that I’m a tech junkie. I’m not to the point where I travel with multiple power cords at all times, but I do love to play with the newest gadgets and I was even crazy enough to stand in line at Wal-Mart on Thanksgiving to get a shiny new iPad at a sweet price (NEVER AGAIN.) In contrast to most “true” tech nerds, I love me some Apple products. Say what you will about the ecosystem, the cost, the hipsters who buy them…Apple makes some beautiful gadgets.

The Nest is similar- this sucker is PRETTY. This isn’t actually an off-the cuff comparison; the founder and CEO of Nest, Tony Fadell, led the team at Apple that created the first 3 iPhones and many iPods. The other founder, Matt Rogers, worked in iPod software development at Apple. And both have brought that sense of simple, beautiful design to Nest.

In addition to the awesome aesthetics, this little bubble is a tech nerd’s dream. The thermostat adjusts to your habits over time, learning your preferences as you go. It has a “leaf” setting allowing you see at a glance how eco-friendly your housewarming habits are. You can control the Nest from an app on your smartphone (hello, adjusting the thermostat from bed!) and it even senses movement in the room and automatically puts itself in sleep mode if it doesn’t detect motion after a certain amount of time. Best of all, Nest claims that they can cut your energy bills by 20%. Not bad, eh?

The price is fairly steep (you can get a 2nd Gen Nest for about the same cost as the original iPad Mini) but isn’t actually that much more expensive than other wireless thermostats on the market today. Check out their website here to learn more about the thermostat, and to see the newest addition to the Nest family- a Wi-Fi enabled Carbon Monoxide and Smoke detector (hint: this puppy is AWESOME as well).

I’ve never been so keen on coming home to a broken thermostat…one day, Nest, one day…

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