October 26, 2011
New Smart Thermostat Cuts Energy Usage 20 To 30 Percent
Former Apple and Google engineers are launching a new company that will sell a new type of thermostat, "Nest Leaf".
Nest Labs' new thermostat has a smart technology that learns owner's settings after a few days of being used.
The Nest Leaf is also expected to be able to cut energy by 20 to 30 percent by simply having a set schedule.
The new device is able to be networked through Wi-Fi so people can program it from an iOS or Android smartphone device.
A motion sensor on the device will allow the thermostat to "see" when people are usually in a room.
The device's software uses artificial intelligence to improve home efficiency and utilizes a user friendly interface to allow easy communication with owners.
Nest Labs CEO and co-founder Tony Fadell led the team that created the first 18 generations of the iPod and the first three generations of Apple's iPhone.
Yoky Matsuoka, Nest Labs Vice President of Technology, served as the Head of Innovation at Google and Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington.
"So, we created Nest Labs and began recruiting many of the amazing people we´ve gotten to know and work with in the Valley over the years," Fadell said in a blog post. "They were as excited as we were to reinvent such an important yet unloved device that would make people´s lives easier and hopefully, make the world a little better too.
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