Nest software bug shuts down smart thermostats for many customers

Abner Li, writing for 9to5Google:

Nest owners have reported that their smart thermostats have stopped working and as a result many woke up to colder than normal temperature in their house and unresponsive completely dead Nests. The fault lies in a software update (version 5.1.3 or later) that was pushed out to devices in December that drains the battery and ultimately shuts down the device.

Embedded devices have traditionally been tested to the point where they are bulletproof. As an example, when’s the last time you experienced a bug with your microwave, dishwasher, or washer/dryer? Not saying bugs don’t exist in that space, but certainly they are very rare.

Is this a sign of the future we can expect as the Internet of Things creeps further into our lives?