News from Nest? Press conference scheduled for June 17
The makers of the popular, Google-owned smart thermostat have a press conference planned for later this month.
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New hardware is another possibility. The Palo Alto-based Nest Labs debuted its marquee thermostat in 2012, then refreshed the design for a slimmer profile in 2013. A Nest 3.0 might tweak the design further, add in new functionality -- or come optimized for Brillo's debut, planned for the end of this year.
The company has also generated a steady stream of publicity by way of the Works with Nest initiative, which certifies third-party smart-home gadgets to sync up with the thermostat and enhance its functionality in exchange for an implicit spot on its connected coattails. New product integrations are another possibility, though Nest Labs hasn't thrown an event like this one to announce any of the existing ones. If anything, they'll probably be an add-on to something at least slightly more significant in scope.
Whatever the news is, we'll be sure to let you know all about it on the 17th -- stay tuned.