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It wants to collect data to build applications and services that will ultimately make the energy grid more efficient

Nest could soon have some competition as Google is reportedly testing a new smart thermostat. 

According to The Information, Google is currently testing Internet-connected smart thermostats that keep an eye on energy use in the home. The thermostats have been developed under the project name "EnergySense."

Not much is known about the hardware itself, except that some have speculated it was made by a third party like Ecobee (Ecobee said it isn't working with Google directly, but that the search giant could be using its hardware anyway). 

The testing is currently being conducted by participants in St. Louis, Missouri, who are not Google employees. It may soon reach out to other areas. 

Nest's smart thermostat

Google, which was working on a smart thermostat two years ago and ended up scrapping the idea, is reportedly not looking to necessarily compete with Nest. Rather, it wants to collect data to build applications and services that will ultimately make the energy grid more efficient. However, Nest also has an app that aims to do the same thing. 

Nest, a company made up of former Apple engineers, introduced its smart thermostat that was capable of learning its environment and change temperature settings accordingly back in October 2011. It's currently available for $250 on the Nest website. 

In October of this year, Nest announced its latest product, which is a smoke alarm called "Protect." It detects smoke and carbon monoxide in the home by beeping intermittently while a robot voice alerts you about what exactly is wrong. For instance, the robot will say things like “Heads-up, there’s smoke in the bedroom” or “Emergency, there’s smoke.”
Protect had a November release date with a price tag of $130.

Source: The Information

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NEST rocks!
By kattanna on 12/17/2013 12:18:44 PM , Rating: 4
I got one of these for our house, works great. When it is heating.. we call it our cylon..LOL because when you walk by it turns on and looks like a big red eye watching you

RE: NEST rocks!
By SeeManRun on 12/17/2013 12:34:05 PM , Rating: 5
I got one of these for our house, works great. When it is heating.. we call it our cylon..LOL because when you walk by it turns on and looks like a big red eye watching you

It probably is watching you...

RE: NEST rocks!
By kattanna on 12/18/2013 12:08:22 PM , Rating: 3
It probably is watching you...

actually it is.

there is a setting, which we have turned off, that if it doesnt sense anyone home, it turns the heating/cooling off

the thing has a motion sensor in it, as do the companion smoke/CO detectors. If you do not walk by it every so often, it thinks you are away.

I turned that feature off because of where it is, we just dont walk by it enough and it kept turning the heat off LOL

I just wish I could get it to say "by your command" every time i adjust it


RE: NEST rocks!
By Dr of crap on 12/17/2013 12:37:41 PM , Rating: 4
Hmmm, good for you.
I also have a set-back thermostat that has settings for weekdays, and weeks ends, and does it all for the low price of - $25!!!!

Nest is having fun raking in your profit! And mine doesn't watch you.

RE: NEST rocks!
By Reclaimer77 on 12/17/2013 1:03:04 PM , Rating: 2
Are you serious? Wow...

RE: NEST rocks!
By tng on 12/17/2013 2:49:39 PM , Rating: 2
I have a NEST and I get the Docs skepticism. I bought mine purely for the connected functions, but I thought it probably would not be worth it.

I was wrong, it was worth every penny. Yes it does learn your preferences but the wife and I always fight over how warm/cool we like it so it is probably just confused at this point. The really cool stuff is the reports on how much you have used your system everyday and being able to check on it via your phone.

RE: NEST rocks!
By Dr of crap on 12/18/2013 12:14:38 PM , Rating: 2
I set mine when I bought it, probably 10 years ago.

Once in a rare while the heat or the AC might get pumped a degree or two, but that is rare. WHY are you changing the settings so much?? Set it and forget it.

Why do you need a report of the savings?
Its a set back, of course its saving money.
The local utility has a deal where you sign up and they turn off the AC for minutes during the day to save on electrical demand placed on them on those extreme hot days. I get a savings from this. HOW MUCH? I don't know or care.

Got extra money you need to spend? Sent it my way.

RE: NEST rocks!
By JediJeb on 12/18/2013 2:40:42 PM , Rating: 3
I bought one of the Honeywell programmable units at least 10 years ago and they work really well. It helped save me money when I used it. Now I use a vent free gas stove to heat my house instead of the outdoor furnace and it saves even more on heating, I just wish it would work with the programmable thermostat so I could save even more.

Also the utility company here sends out a report monthly on how much energy I use and how I compare to other homes in the area, for free :)

RE: NEST rocks!
By ipay on 12/17/2013 12:41:10 PM , Rating: 5
I'm sorry; I can not let you heat that, Dave.

RE: NEST rocks!
By Jeffk464 on 12/17/2013 1:09:04 PM , Rating: 2
They really should have made the Hal eye the default display.

Data Collection
By Exterous on 12/18/2013 1:10:38 PM , Rating: 2
Great. Now the NSA will know at what temperatures I am comfortable and at what temperatures I look like a terrorist.

RE: Data Collection
By brshoemak on 12/18/2013 2:03:03 PM , Rating: 2
If you turn it up too high, you'll start sweating bullets. They'll start wondering what you're up to. Very suspicious indeed.

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