Next-gen Nest thermostat is thinner, smarter than before
With Nest 2.0, Tony Fadell -- the "Father of the iPod" -- has seemingly boosted his sexy thermostat's efficiency and learning ability. It also now works with more home heating and cooling systems than ever.
Twenty percent thinner
Nest Labs today unveiled Nest 2.0, a 20 percent thinner version of its cutting-edge smart thermostat than the original. It is designed to be compatible with 95 percent of the American and Canadian low-voltage residential heating and cooling market.
Nest 2.0 will cost $249 and be available in mid-October. The new version of the device features ten connectors -- up from eight on the original -- meaning it will now work with a greater number of systems, including high-end air conditioners.
The original Nest had a small section on its front with perforated plastic, which allowed interior sensors to detect nearby movement. The new version loses the perforations, and features what appears to be a single piece of plastic, yet it is just as sensitive to the comings and goings of residents as its predecessor.