For this week’s Friday Debate we take a look at Smart Homes and what we expect from them in the future.
Honeywell has announced its latest smart thermostat, adding quite a few compelling features that could allow it to upstage its competitors — including Nest.
In the future, Google could serve ads on objects as diverse as refrigerators, thermostats, and car dashboards. Seemingly confirming the concerns that some Nest users raised when Google announced it would buy the smart thermostat company, Mountain View told the FCC that it could put ads, well, everywhere.
Nest recently held a private get-together in Beaverton, Oregon. The goal of the event reportedly was to potentially recruit Nike Fuel Band team members.
In celebration of Earth Day 2014, Google is now offering the Nest Thermostat directly through Google Play.
The Nest Learning Thermostat can be yours for £179, and is available online on Nest.com and Amazon, as well as in retail locations of Apple, John Lewis, and B&Q.
Google’s offer to acquire Nest Labs, has been given the official seal of approval by the Federal Trade Commission. The purchase gives Nest Labs’s shareholders $3.2 Billion in cash.
Nest, the connected home company that Google bought for $3.2 billion, is said to become the company’s core hardware unit following the sale of Motorola to Lenovo.