Nest Update Includes New Views for Farsight, Improved Energy History Views

An update for the Nest thermostat is bringing new views for the Farsight feature, which is the information a Nest displays when it senses someone from across a room. Essentially, it’s bigger text that allows you to view the target temperature that the thermostat is set to. According to Nest, while many folks enjoy Farsight as it is, they want to switch it up a tad to offer more information people have requested. Once updated, Farsight can display a room’s current temperature, not just the target temperature that is set.  (more…)

Nest’s Rumored Product Roadmap Consists of Tastefully Colored Thermostats, Outdoor Nest Cam

In Tony Fadell’s letter to employees declaring his departure from Nest, he briefly mentioned a product roadmap that was set in place for the company. This week, additional details regarding that roadmap have been made public, although, they are not yet confirmed by Nest or Google. According to a source of Tech Insider, Nest will have at least one “new” product, with an existing product getting a bit of a facelift.  (more…)

DEAL: Nest Thermostat (3rd Gen) is $199 Today at eBay ($50 Off)

The newest version of the Nest Thermostat (that would be the 3rd gen model) has dropped to just $199.99 today at eBay in a daily deal, a $50 discount. Not only is that a hell of a deal on a smart home product that I personally cannot live without, but it’s worth noting that Nest products are almost never discounted. To see the newest Nest at $50 off is worth running to.

As a recap, the Nest Thermostat wants to automate your home and its temperature. It can be controlled via app, but it also learns your patterns and activities to know when to adjust for the perfect cooling or heating. It works with IFTTT, Amazon Echo, and only gets smarter and more useful by the week. Nest even tries to save you money each month on your power bill, though I can’t say that over the years I have noticed a major impact. I’ll let others who own one weigh in on that front.

Again, $50 is a discount we rarely see, so if a smart home thermostat is something you have been considering, now is the time to jump on it.

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Report: Google is Making an Amazon Echo Competitor, While Nest Focuses on Home Security

The crew over at The Information released two pretty wild articles today that paint a not-so-flattering picture of the current corporate atmosphere at Nest, the one-time darling smart home product maker that Google acquired a couple of years back for $3.2 billion dollars. The drama side of things isn’t necessarily a subject we focus on – though this stuff is quite juicy and entertaining – so we’ll instead take a look at the other side of the two reports, which is the company’s product line-up going forward. The product-related information also includes a future product for Google, that may be a direct Amazon Echo competitor.  (more…)

Nest Intros Family Accounts, Home/Away Assist for Better Automation (Android Wear Support, Too)

Nest is introducing two new features for owners this week – Family accounts and Home/Away Assist. For those who live in a household with others, and not just themselves, it makes sense that you would want others in your home to have the ability to control Nest. With that said, Nest now allows 10 individuals to control Nest via the Nest app for iOS and Android. All you have to worry about now is a fight over the thermostat.  (more…)

DEAL: Nest’s Thermostat (3rd Gen), Which is Almost Never Discounted, is Discounted $50 Today

Nest’s newest Thermostat, the 3rd gen model with bigger display, is discounted for the day by $50 over at eBay to $199.99. That’s a big deal and worth considering because Nest products are almost never discounted. I think we saw a deal around Black Friday, but other than that, this is just not a line of products that ever sees many price drops.  (more…)

At Last, Amazon Echo and Nest Thermostat Work Together

Owners of a Nest learning thermostat and Amazon Echo can now pair the two, finally bringing the two smart objects together at last. Assuming you own both, to enable the Nest functionality on Echo, simply open up the Alexa app on your smartphone and switch on the Nest skill. Once completed, you can provide Alexa with verbal commands on how hot or cold you would like your home to be.  (more…)