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“We’re not telling Google anything that it doesn’t already know" -- Nest Labs co-founder Matt Rogers

Google will soon have access to user data stored on thermostats built by Nest Labs. This move was inevitable following Google’s acquisition of Nest Labs back in January for $3.2 billion.
 
In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Nest Labs co-founder Matt Rogers made it clear that Google will be able to connect its apps with the Nest Learning Thermostat. For example, customers can rely on Google Now’s location-tracking capabilities to automatically adjust their thermostat when returning home after a long day at work (the Honeywell Lyric thermostat offers similar functionality).
 
Users will also be able to speak voice commands into their Android-powered devices to control the temperature of their Nest Learning Thermostats.


Nest founders Matt Rogers (L) and Tony Fadell (R) with Google CEO Larry Page (C)
 
Rogers indicated that the bulk of the data that will be shared with Google pertains to whether a customer is at home or not. Easily identifiable information such as a customer’s name, address, or email address will not be shared.
 
As Rogers bluntly puts it, “We’re not telling Google anything that it doesn’t already know.”
 
Nest Labs CEO Tony Fadell first tried to ease customers’ privacy concerns back in January, stating, “The data that we collect is all about our products and improving them. If there were ever any changes whatsoever, we would be sure to be transparent about it, number one, and number two for you to opt-in to it.”

Source: The Wall Street Journal



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RE: Dropcam? No Thanks!
By wallijonn on 6/24/2014 2:26:37 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
some people here are about as tech savvy as my late grandma.


NEST ain't so smart. It's a convenience. Being tech savvy just means that you are tech dependent.

Grandma couldn't programme a VCR and you can't program a thermostat. Not much difference, is there? But she had enough sense to immediately take a cold shower on a hot day, and a hot shower on a cold day, when she came home. On a hot day she'd turn on the fan(s) in the house before having to resort to turning on the air conditioner and in the wintertime the thermostat would have been set to prevent pipes from freezing.

With NEST you cellphone call it and tell it to turn on the AC before leaving the office, just so that you can walk into a cool house. A timer does the same thing.

If NEST was so smart it would find the air conditioner's most efficient setting, that one degree difference where the AC doesn't turn on as often, and never go below it; and knowing the temp differential it would turn it off 1 to 3 hours before you woke up to go to the office. But programmable fans may not yet exist, at least fans that can be integrated into NEST programming. NEST will have to create wall switches that will replace a wall switch and which can connect to the NEST.

Until then, it ain't so smart, it's just a smart device.


RE: Dropcam? No Thanks!
By bsd228 on 6/24/2014 4:08:27 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
With NEST you cellphone call it and tell it to turn on the AC before leaving the office, just so that you can walk into a cool house. A timer does the same thing.


only if your life is so predictable. I come home anywhere between 5:30 and 11. My timer is set for 6:30 as a poor compromise.

The honeywell is taking it a step further - as soon as your cell phone is within local proximity (unsure how flexible), it knows you're heading back and gets things going.


RE: Dropcam? No Thanks!
By Reclaimer77 on 6/24/2014 4:41:59 PM , Rating: 2
My problem with Honeywell's approach is that it can take up to an hour or more for your AC/heater to get the temp where you want it, but it only gets things going when you break a 7 (I think?) mile proximity. That doesn't leave the unit much time to catch up.

It's a nice touch, but flawed in a few ways imo.

The nice thing about Honeywell is that they're mega-experienced in this field. I've heard about some issues with Nest thermostats people have had that you just wouldn't with a Honeywell. Personally I'm waiting for them to sort it all out before I purchase one, if I purchase one.

I REALLY want a slick, modern, and affordable cloud-based smarthome solution though. So I hope Google gets Nest on the right track with that. Not as much interested in a smart thermostat as I am the whole package, whatever that package will be we'll have to wait and see.


RE: Dropcam? No Thanks!
By Spuke on 6/24/2014 4:50:52 PM , Rating: 2
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Not as much interested in a smart thermostat as I am the whole package, whatever that package will be we'll have to wait and see.
Yep and I've been waiting for the better part of 10 years now for this.


RE: Dropcam? No Thanks!
By Spuke on 6/24/14, Rating: 0
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