The Nest Learning Thermostat is making the round of tech blogs today. This pricey $249 thermostat – currently available for pre-order – replaces the ones in your house and helps you conserve energy by learning your schedule. What’s more, it’s remotely programmable using mobile and Web apps.
But that’s just the start. The Nest features Wi-Fi support, so it’ll connect to your home network. Using secure Web based software or an iOS or Android app, you can also remote-control the settings on your Nest thermostats from anywhere. The Nest also downloads weather data so it knows what the outside world is like.
The Nest is user-installable and comes with everything you need to put it in; Nest Labs also has a dealer network for users uncomfortable with working with the low-voltage wiring needed to hook up the device.
There’s an Apple connection beside the iOS software, by the way: Nest Labs is headed up by Tony Fadell, former senior vice president of Apple’s iPod division. Fadell left Apple in 2008, serving as an adviser to Steve Jobs for a time. He founded Nest Labs in 2010. Fadell’s co-founder, Matt Rogers, headed up an iPod engineering group within Apple.