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Re: How Do You Like Them Thermostats?
Posted by: Rob Spiegel 2011-10-25 11:46:49
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Two former Apple engineers have released a smart thermostat designed to reduce home energy use. Nest Labs -- a company formed by former iPod and iPhone guru Tony Fadell -- has introduced the Nest Learning Thermostat, a device that learns your daily schedule and adjusts your home's heating and cooling accordingly. After starting Nest 18 months ago, Fadell brought in another former iPod and iPhone team member, Matt Rogers, to run engineering. Investors include Google Ventures, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Lightspeed Venture Partners. Advisors include Al Gore and AI guru Sebastian Thrun.


Apple design
Posted by: tightapex 2011-10-25 16:18:44 In reply to: Rob Spiegel
Mr. King misses the point. Apple pioneered the highest levels of industrial design for consumer electronics. These are the elements that engage the consumer's senses: to see, feel, touch and admire. The AI capabilities, while fascinating, are largely background functions. Elegant engineering combined with ease-of-use and simplicity become Apple hallmarks. The Nest Thermostat seems to share this heightened sense of ID borne from Apple design philosophy. As mentioned above, it crosses over into "wall art."
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