Nest Launches A Cheaper Thermostat To Bring The Smart Home To The Masses

Aaron Tilley for Forbes:  When Nest launched its Learning Thermostat in 2011, it seemed like the ultimate Silicon Valley extravagance. The $250 connected thermostat looked more like an iPhone than any humdrum appliance (which makes sense considering the cofounder, Tony Fadell, helped create the iPhone at Apple). Still, the company looked interesting enough for Google to shell out $3.2 billion to acquire it in 2014. As a unit under Alphabet, the company said it now sells "millions" of its devices around the world.

The company hopes to keep moving beyond the techie world with a much cheaper version of its thermostat.

Called the Nest Thermostat E (E for everyone!), the new wall gadget will have nearly all the same internal hardware and software as its $250 counterpart, but will be $80 less for a total of $170.

The device is the first major redesign for Nest's thermostats. Instead of a stainless steel wheel for changing the temperature and navigating through the user interface like the original, it's got a plastic knob. And instead of a crisp high-def screen like the original, the screen is frosted and the lighting is more diffuse.  Full Article:

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