News

Google Buys Smart Thermostat Maker for $3.2 Billion

By on

675px-Logo_Google_2013_Official.svg (1) 450px-Nest_Diamond_Thermostat

Google announced on Monday that it is buying smart thermostat maker Nest for $3.2 billion. Google chief executive Larry Page told in a press release that Nest is already delivering products that save energy and keep families safe.

Google?s Presence in Consumer Electronics

The California ? based Internet giant is on the move to enter the consumer electronics hardware industry by adding a thermostat that can be synched on your Motorola Mobility smartphone. It can also be synched to other smartphones such as Nexus, Chromecast and the company?s very own Google Glass, a high ? tech eyewear to be released this year.

According to Nest chief executive and co ? founder Tony Fadell, Google has the platform reach, global scale, and the business resources to globally boost the growth of Nest across software and hardware services.

Fadell further said that their company visions are well ? aligned, with both believing that technology does the hard work so people can focus on the more important things in life.

Tony Fadell is the former senior vice president of a division in Apple that focuses on iPhones and iPods. His fellow Nest co ? founder Matt Rogers worked with him as a lead software engineer of Apple.

Yoky Matsuoka, vice president of technology in Nest, once headed innovations at Google.

The Making of Nest

The inspiration to create Nest came when Tony Fadell built an environmentally ? friendly house in Northern California. He eventually discovered that the thermostat technology needs to catch up with time. Fadell decided to build a team to finally bring the thermostat technology into the age of mobile Internet.

How the Smart Thermostat Works

The sleek thermostat looks like a disk and is controlled by turning the outer ring. The temperature indicator will appear on the black display screen. The color blue indicates cooling, while the color red means that the rooms are being heated.

The smart thermostat adapts to patterns in houses within a week of continuous use. The more frequent users adjust their thermostats, the more these devices learn precisely the preferred temperature levels in homes.

Energy ? Saving Settings

There are sensors in the product that assess whether there is movement or when the lights are on. The product determines when people are away in order to switch to energy ? saving settings.

A green leaf will appear on the black display screen so users will be prompted to save money and energy by making alterations to the thermostat settings with just a barely noticeable degree.

It also tells users how long it will take for them to feel their desired room temperatures. The thermostat lets people assess the length of time they will stay in one room to compute the process.

Wi ? Fi Connectivity

Nest infused a wifi connectivity feature that allows the product to connect to the Internet. Users can use a free smartphone application to manage their home?s climates or get important data on energy.

The company launched the smart thermostat in late 2011 and later on added a detector of carbon dioxide to its product line.

Google is clearly getting into the world of home connectivity. This move demonstrates that the consumer electronic hardware industry is heading in Apple?s direction, placing importance to hardware control.

 

About the author

To Top