Latest contest can help you turn your house into a smart home
If you want to upgrade your house or apartment into a smart home, this is the competition for you. The latest giveaway on MacNN Deals is giving one lucky winner a trio of devices from Nest, allowing them to intelligently manage the temperature of the house, as well as receiving notifications if smoke is detected, and the ability to visually monitor a room in the home remotely via their smartphone.
Smart home device producers can communicate directly with Nest products
Nest is making it easier for manufacturers to connect their products to other smart home devices, by giving third-party developers access to the Nest Weave communications protocol and direct communications with Nest products. Part of a number of announcements expanding the company's Works with Nest program, a competitor to Apple's HomeKit, the thermostat manufacturer also revealed a smart lock from Yale will be one of the first products on the market to take advantage of the Weave platform.
Nest redesigns Learning Thermostat with thinner case, larger display
Nest has made a few minor updates to its Learning Thermostat, following earlier changes to the Protect and Cam. The third-generation Thermostat is thinner than earlier models, and uses a larger 2.08-inch diameter 480x480-resolution display. New features included in this version are Farsight, where the device lights up and shows the temperature or time when someone walks into the room, and a Furnace Heads-Up warning on the display and smartphone at the start of a heating or cooling session if it notices potential problem with the furnace. On sale today, the third-generation Nest Learning Thermostat is priced at $250.
Apple has confirmed the pull, but not the fairly apparent reason why
After months of speculation on the future of the product with Apple, the popular Nest smart thermostat -- co-developed by ex-Apple employee Tony Fadell, and now owned by Google -- has been purged from both Apple's online store, and also the retail arm of the company. In its place is now the Ecobee 3 HomeKit thermostat.
TiVo offers discounted Roamio DVR to ex-Aereo customers
Customers affected by the shutdown and bankruptcy of streaming live TV service Aereo are being offered assistance by Tivo, in the form of a small discount until the end of the month. The set-top box company is providing the TiVo Roamio OTA for use with HD antennas as well as the TiVo Stream for no upfront cost, with a monthly subscription of $20 for two years.
Nest Cam updates Dropcam hardware to 1080p resolution
Nest has made changes across the entirety of its product line, with updates to its existing products and the launch of a new item. The new version of Nest Protect and the Nest Learning Thermostat software update are joined by the Nest Cam, a network-connected camera stemming from its acquisition of Dropcam last year, and a new program that could help homeowners acquire a Nest Protect at a lower cost or potentially for free.
Nest thermostat owners in UK complain about British Summer Time glitch
Owners of the Nest thermostat in the United Kingdom are complaining about a glitch where the device fails to respect this weekend's change to British Summer Time. Posts on the Nest support forums spotted by The Register note that the thermostat does recognize the change in time, but the schedule effectively does not take it into effect, with changes being performed one hour later than intended. While Nest works to fix the issue, one user has managed to get around the problem by changing the thermostat's settings, temporarily relocating it in software to Belgium.
Possible friction over corporate culture between Nest and acquired company Dropcam
Dropcam CEO Greg Duffy and Nest's VP of Technology Yoky Matsuoka have both left the Google-owned Nest, Electronista has learned. Duffy, who sold his email software company Xobni to Yahoo in 2013, co-founded Dropcam, which was acquired by Nest. Matsuoka was an aspiring tennis star with a love of robotics, who became a founding member of Google X, and eventually headed up Nest's technology team.
Support ending for original Dropcam, Dropcam Echo prompts replacement program
Owners of older Dropcam camera will be able to upgrade to a newer version at no charge, due to an impending lack of support from the company. The Nest-owned manufacturer will be providing a Dropcam HD as a replacement for earlier models, as the company will be dropping support for original Dropcam and the Dropcam Echo from April 15.
Company no longer taking new customers, team continues automation work
Nest Labs is investing further into home automation market with an acquisition announced last week. Revolv, a company that makes a smart hub to tie together Internet of Things (IoT) devices, said that it was purchased by the Google-owned connected device company. As a result, the team is folded into Nest for future product development, and sales of the Revolv hub are ending.
Control4, Creston, RTI, URC work with Nest Protect, Thermostat
Nest Labs has confirmed its range of devices are compatible with a number of major home automation systems. Revealed at CEDIA, the company advised its Learning Thermostat and Protect will work with Control4, Crestron, Remote Technologies Incorporated (RTI), and Universal Remote Control (URC) systems, with Dropcam also joining the list of companies in the Works with Nest program.
Nest is essentially jailbroken, uses a custom tool to end reporting back to company
A group of researchers from the University of Central Florida (UCF) discovered a way to root the Nest thermostat in the process of finding a way to hack the device to steal data and install malware. Led by engineering professor Yier Jin, the team used physical access to accomplish the hack even though it is built with security in mind. During the hacking discovery, the team came up with a way to stop the device from reporting data back to Google (or Nest).
Big names team to build on existing 802.15.4 wireless networking protocol
Samsung Electronics, Nest Labs, and Freescale Semiconductor have teamed to form the Thread Group. The seven company-strong group has been formed to generate and develop Thread, another IP-based wireless networking protocol for home automation and control of the burgeoning "Internet of Things" market.
Logitech announces Harmony Ultimate now working with Nest Learning Thermostat
Logitech has announced that its smart remote control, the Harmony Ultimate, is now compatible with the Nest Learning Thermostat. The Harmony Ultimate allows users to control home theatre devices behind closed cabinets and walls, as well as access IR devices as well as Bluetooth game consoles. Its new Nest compatibility means that when the remote is paired with the thermostat, the Harmony Ultimate can facilitate setting temperatures. Additionally, the remote sensor can detect the user's nearby presence, and so can switch off nest's Auto-Away mode. The Harmony Ultimate is priced at $350.
New API allows for tighter control, closer peripheral integration with Nest
After nine months gestation, the Nest smart thermostat programmer's API has been released to the public. The cross-platform tool will allow coders on any platform to develop communications and integration tools for the smart device, including bringing new features to it such as geofencing and advanced scheduling tools. Unmentioned in the API documentation is the fact that, contrary to previous statements, Google will collect data from the Nest thermostat and connect its own apps to the product.
Honeywell releases Pebble smartwatch app for remote thermostat control
Honeywell has released an app for the Pebble smartwatch, allowing it to remotely control the company's Evohome smart thermostat. Pocket-Lint reports the app can be used to check the temperature in each zone, as well as to activate a number of thermostat "quick actions," instead of reaching for the smartphone app. The watch face is compatible with both Android and iOS devices, and can be downloaded from the Pebble App Store now.
CPSC announces recall over feature concerns follows company's sale stoppage
Nest, the smart house device company purchased by Google in January, is recalling all of its Protect devices over concerns that the alarm won't sound properly. The recall covers all of the approximately 440,000 Protect units sold to retailers so far, according to the recall listing from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The company had announced in April that it would halt sales of the smoke and carbon monoxide alarm over issues with one of its features.
Nest adds Heat Link to Thermostat for British boiler compatibility
Nest has opened up sales of its smart Thermostat in the United Kingdom, marking the first time the device has gone on sale outside of the United States and Canada. The smart digital thermostat from the Google-owned company joins the Protect smoke and carbon monoxide detector on sale in the country, and could be the sign of a further expansion into Europe.
Smart appliance manufacturer purchase finalized by Google
Google has completed its acquisition of smart digital thermostat and smoke detector manufacturer Nest. A filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission shows the purchase of the hardware producer has been finalized and ended on February 7th, with the high-profile acquisition costing Google $3.2 billion in cash. Former iPod designer Tony Fadell will continue to lead the company, reporting to Larry Page.
Google buyout complicates relationships
It's "up to Apple" whether or not it wants to continue ties with smarthome peripheral maker Nest Labs, says the CEO of the latter firm, Tony Fadell. Fadell is credited as a key figure behind the iPod, and that connection has helped to get products like the Nest Learning Themostat into Apple Stores. Nest however was recently bought out by Google, Apple's main opponent in smartphones, tablets, and Internet services.
Executive promises transparency
Google said to have purchased maker of iPhone-compatible thermostats
Google has acquired Nest, maker of the Nest smart digital thermostat and a smart smoke detector. This according to Re/Code, which reported on Monday that the search giant had picked up the smart appliance manufacturer for $3.2 billion. Nest, founded by Tony Fadell, one of the creators of the iPod, has been growing in popularity, with its iPhone and iPad-compatible devices now sold in Apple's retail stores, as well as on its website.
Ive-created items sold to Nest creator for $1.4 million
Tony Fadell, one of the creators of the iPod and the founder of Nest, appears to have been the individual who purchased special edition gold Apple EarPods and a red Mac Pro at an auction at Sotheby's. This according to photographer Kevin Abosch, who tweeted images of Fadell with the auctioned items on Wednesday. All told, the two one-of-a-kind Apple products are believed to have cost Fadell around $1.4 million.
Makeover includes 'Quiet Time' setting, room naming, Protect compatibility
Nest, a company that makes smart home management electronics and is run by former iPod project manager Tony Fadell, has updated the Nest Learning Thermostat and the iPhone app that can be used to manage it, giving the program a makeover that will match a firmware update rolling out over the next few days. The update revamps many aspects of the current program, adds new features and brings in support for the company's other product, the Nest Protect smoke detector.
Detector talks before sounding 85dB alarm
Nest has introduced a smoke and carbon-monoxide detector that aims to overcome many of the annoyances and drawbacks of traditional detectors. Rather than simply sounding a loud alarm at the first hint of smoke, the Protect starts by using a human voice and changing light colors to tell residents what's wrong and where the problem.
Developer's program launches in 2014, Control4 first partner
Nest Labs today announced plans to begin working with developers on creative ways to connect with the Nest Learning Thermostat through integrations such as home appliances, lighting and home automation. By introducing a Web API, Nest is taking the first step toward working with partners to build on the success of the Nest thermostat and integrate an app ecosystem for the device. The Nest developer program will officially kick off in early 2014.
Fan schedules, companion apps get tweaks
Nest Labs is pushing out a v3.5 update to owners of the Nest Learning Thermostat at 9PM Eastern today. The firmware upgrade includes two new modes, beginning with Cool to Dry, which turns on air conditioning to reduce humidity. A Sunblock setting should meanwhile prevent the thermostat from turning on unnecessarily when direct sunlight is hitting the Nest's sensor.
Nest founder says he doesn't expect customers to buy a new unit every year
Popular iOS-compatible smart thermostat Nest isn't designed to be replaced every couple of years like the smartphones it can interface with. This according to Nest founder Matt Rogers, who touted the device's design for longevity in a "Fireside Chat" Saturday at Engadget's Expand conference. Rogers also explained that his company's thermostat--which was updated last fall with a slimmer, sleeker design and broader compatibility--is causing significant disruption in the thermostat market, which is typically dominated by companies that don't focus on design and the consumer experience.
Wii U, Surface among other list entries
Time Magazine has awarded the iPhone 5 the title of "Gadget of the Year" for 2012. In his piece on the phone, writer Harry McCracken calls the device "one of the most artfully polished gadgets anyone's ever built," and claims it outperforms other "nifty" smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S III, which isn't included in his top-ten list despite the presence of the Galaxy Note II in eighth place. "When it comes to melding hardware, software and services so tightly that the seams fade away, Apple still has no peer," McCracken argues.
Second-gen Nest thermostat gets sleeker design, internal changes, new software
Nest has introduced its second-generation Learning Thermostat that's much thinner and has more advanced features. Compared to the original, the new one is 20 percent thinner, lacks the sensor grille on the front, and has a solid stainless steel perimeter ring. There are changes under the skin as well, with the mounting screw holes now at the top and bottom of the thermostat.
Tony Fadell says three iPhone ideas tested
Apple had considered one of three core ideas for the iPhone, one of which included a hardware keyboard, former Apple executive and now Nest founder Tony Fadell revealed Friday. Speaking in an evening session with The Verge, he mentioned that the all-touch design that eventually shipped first had come after he wanted to try a virtual keyboard before resorting to the hardware option. The key iPod architect had understood the potential of an on-screen keyboard, which has infinite customization and can disappear when not needed, but didn't rule out physical keys at first.
Nest says Honeywell patents invalid
Nest more formally responded to Honeywell's patent lawsuit both through a rejection of the claims inside as well as by drawing once more on Apple for top executives. The smart thermostat maker claimed both that it doesn't use any of Honeywell's patents but that they were "hopelessly invalid." The arguments were "retreads" of prior art from companies like Volkswagen, obvious technology, or even examples of hiding its own older patents from the USPTO, Nest argued.
Nest gets mid-cycle feature update
Nest brought out a rare example of a home appliance update Thursday by patching its thermostat. The Internet-aware device now has a 10-day record of its heating and cooling patterns, referred to as the Energy History. It both shows overall trends and helps explain why a change happened, such as automatic changes owing to the weather or to deliberate changes. The updates are available both on the Nest itself and in the Android, iOS, and web apps.
Nest plans to fight Honeywell lawsuit
Nest signaled its intention to fight Honeywell's lawsuit on Wednesday. In a response, it claimed to be the real innovator with its Learning Thermostat. Honeywell was simply trying to drag down a rival, Nest said.
Honeywell files suit against Nest, Best Buy
Honeywell on Monday sued Nest Labs, makers of thermostats, for allegedly violating its patents in the US. Seven patents related to thermostat technology are in contention, with some focusing on methods of operating and programming the devices. The lawsuit also aims to involve Best Buy into it, which sells Nest Labs' thermostats.
Thermostat takes cues from Apple gadgets
The Nest thermostat, which was created by iPod pioneer Tony Fadell, has already been dissected by at least one early buyer. DIY electronics retailer Sparkfun purchased one of the unique thermostats to tear apart, revealing internal components that show an attention to detail that is commonly found inside Apple's mobile products such as iPods and iPhones.