Looks like the coveted Nest learning thermostat ($249) is back in stock after the initial run sold out. Nest is the startup founded by a pair of Apple alumni to bring that a more modern design aesthetic and ease-of-use to what has largely remained a commoditized industry. (And at least one incumbent seems to take issue with Nest’s approach.)
A key Nest selling point is that aforementioned “learning” capability which attempts to detect and adjust to your household’s temperature preferences (via motion sensors and timer). While that sort of customization and the potential of saving energy is nice, I’m mostly attracted to the Nest’s sleek appearance and integrated WiFi. No, they’re not the first. Nor are they the cheapest. But they are certainly the most elegant. Plus, Nest kindly provides both the info and tools a home improvement novice such as myself will likely need to get it going without calling in the cavalry.
Sadly, we’re in a bit of a housing transition at the moment and now may not be the right time for us to partake. However, those of you prepared to take action and who added your name to the store waiting list may be pleased to discover an email invite similar to the one I received above.