Tag - Thermostat
Devices using Apple's HomeKit technology to allow users to control or monitor devices in the home has been a significant trend at the CES showcase in Las Vegas this year. In addition to upgrades to add HomeKit compatibility to existing equipment and all-new devices along the same lines (smart thermostats, garage door openers, smoke detectors, and lighting control), companies well-established and new are bringing out other "smart" devices for the home. Announcements from Lutron, First Alert, Insteon, and Kwikset highlight some of the versatility of the emerging "smart home" trend.
Honeywell has announced a new, second-generation version of its Lyric Round smart thermostat that appears to be identical to the previous model, but with one key improvement: the addition of Apple's HomeKit technology. The $250 home temperature system control device now has an App available through the iOS App Store or Google Play that allows it to control temperature remotely, set up and manage geofences, and let owners receive notifications for things such as changes in local weather that could affect home temperature. Separately, Hunter Fan Company has announced its first "smart home" products.
Nest has started to roll out an update for its Learning Thermostat that promises to make the heat management device more useful. Arriving to all generations of the thermostat over the next few weeks, the update will in theory help heat the home closer to the temperature set by the user, as well as improving the efficiency of multi-stage heating systems, along with changes to the Time-to-Temperature, Early-On, and Heat Pump Balance functions to make them more precise.
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.
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.
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.
Google is starting to enable customizable backdrops for the Chromecast, a feature it first revealed in June. Rolling out from today, owners of the streaming dongle can customize the image feed from the Chromecast app for Android and iOS, including photo albums from Google+, artwork from the Google Cultural Institute, and news images from various publications. More information about an image on display can be brought up by asking the Google search app "What's on my Chromecast?" on any other mobile device on the same network.
Thermostat manufacturer Ecobee has unveiled its third-generation device, the ecobee3. Much like other smart thermostats, the ecobee3 is able to work out when is the optimum time to raise or lower the temperature, though this time the unit is able to rely on a network of remote sensors to find out whether a room is occupied or not, as well as the temperature of each area.
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.
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.