Hint, ( he clams to have invented the internet, and is all about convenient, I mean, inconvenient truths).Now for the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: GOOD: Cost is the almighty force that drives a good, better, and best offering, whether in cars or televisions, or universities or hair salons, and economics will prevail in the selection of a thermostat — unless there is a greater tax or rebate incentive offered, or it becomes mandatory ( as in the government makes you, wonder which savvy investor will make billions off of little round thermostats if this happens) for a smart device to link energy information from each residence to the utilities for grid management.Are we all really buying that it is that hard to set up a thermostat? Fadell’s motivation is a piece of the massively large and lucrative thermostat market ( who can blame him for that?
Well he captured our imagination with the coolest looking thermostat ever, he got the packaging right, he was spot on with marketing, he made energy saving thermostats (at least his) a status symbol but unlike the IPOD there are serious design concerns with the Nest.
Instead of a full blown power supply the Nest powers their stat with a power stealing scheme that takes power from the unit.
We all benefit by the great smart thermostat race and there is no dis-inventing the Nest.
Disruptive technology will never, and should never, go away.
Honeywell, Ecobee ( with it’s gorgeous color display), and the others have equal if not better thermostats but lack the style and marketing wizardry of Nest.