The Apple online store went down for just under seven hours this morning, and many of us were hoping that it would reappear with new the MacBook Pro in tow. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case, but there was one new product: the Nest Learning Thermostat that was invented by former Apple engineer and the “father of the iPod” Tony Fadell.
As you’d expect from a former Apple engineer, the Nest is a beautiful device that looks nothing like a traditional thermostat at all. But it’s not just pretty, it also promises to save you 20% to 30% on your home energy bills by learning when you’re away from home and turning down your heating when it’s not needed. Nest also learns what temperature you like your home to be at what time of the day, and then automatically adjusts itself to suit you.
The Nest Mobile companion app for iOS devices also allows you to change the temperature in your home from wherever you may be, edit your Nest’s schedule, and view energy reports that tell you when and for how long your heating or cooling system was on in the last ten days.
The Nest sells for $249.95 on the Apple store — just $0.95 more than buying directly from Nest itself — and it’s currently available to those in the United States only.
Source: Apple Store.