It’s 2014, do you know what’s available in smart technology for your home? Meet Nest…
What is Nest? First and foremost it is a high-tech smart thermostat that broke the mold for its minimalist design and mobile, sustainable programming options. Mashable calls it “the introduction of a learning appliance. ” The impact of introducing learning into the thermostat will change the way people view their climate control tendencies, and can help you be more environmentally conscious both for how you heat your home, and when you heat your home. Nest will actually collect heating and cooling analytics — which includes the time it takes to hear or cool a home, how much energy is being used, and the peak times for energy consumption — and send them to the user to track trends. This feature will become an important part of how we control the climate in our homes in the next few years. The Nest Thermostat personalizes its features for you. After it learns about you and your home, Nest Sense™ automatically balances comfort with energy savings.
They also made a smoke and CO alarm you’ll love, because hating the one you have is dangerous. After all, safety shouldn’t be annoying. We all know why smoke alarms are torn off the ceiling or missing batteries: because every time you make stir-fry, the smoke alarm cries wolf. Or just as you’re falling asleep, you hear a low-battery chirp. They’ve become annoying. And that’s a safety issue. Burned the toast? Nest Protect won’t just start yelling at you. Before turning on a loud, howling alarm, Nest Protect gives you an early warning we call Heads-Up. Nest Protect lights up yellow and speaks with a human voice. It tells you where smoke is or when carbon monoxide levels are rising. This gives you an earlier warning if there’s an emergency, or allows you to silence Nest Protect if it’s just a nuisance alarm, like an overly enthusiastic toaster.
Of course, you can control and get information on all your Nest products with the Nest app or on the Web if you have a computer or supported smartphone or tablet and an Internet connection. Make adjustments in real-time, miles from home by remote control. Change your home’s temperature from your laptop, smartphone or tablet. Including, setting the heat in your home for your arrival when you get on the road. Perfect for when you return to your home at the end of the day, your week end home or if you travel a lot! Then there is “Works with Nest”, home automation for the 21st century. These are universal remotes, digital wall panels and apps that let you control other devices in your home. It’s more then just an on/off switch, it’s about making your house a more thoughtful and conscious home. It makes it possible for your Nest devices to securely interact with some things you already use everyday, like:
- Your car, starting with Mercedes Benz-it can tell Nest when you’ll be home so your thermostat can start heating or cooling at exactly the right time. It keeps you from wasting energy, and means you’re comfortable as soon as you walk in the door.
- Your Livx light bulbs-If Nest Protect detects smoke or CO, LIFX bulbs can flash red to let you know there might be danger and help alert those who are hearing impaired.
- UP Jawbone-Nest knows which temperature you like. And your UP24 band can tell when you wake up. Put them together and your thermostat will start to heat up or cool down your home before you even step out of bed.
- Whirlpool-If your Nest Thermostat notices you’re away, it can have Whirlpool switch to a refresh mode when your cycle ends, so your clothes stay fresh and wrinkle-free.
And this is just the beginning of your Smart Home! They are working on a multitude of new partners, from security and webcam systems, to alerting neighbors or property managers if something goes awry. The possibilities are truly endless.
A couple of years ago Corning made a video that predicts what the house of the future could look like. As did the students from Virginia Tech when they created the Lumenhaus as their 2009 entry to the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon competition.
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