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Ecobee's future of the connected home

Starting with a smart thermostat and building from there.

James Martin
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Group creative workshops encourage employees to think about problems and solutions in different ways.

Ecobee co-founder and CEO Stuart Lombard
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Ecobee co-founder and CEO Stuart Lombard plans to build the "helpful home," a house that will do more for you by predicting what you might want and help you save on heating and cooling bills.

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Brainstorming new ideas at an afternoon hackathon at the Ecobee HQ.

Hardware Lab
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Throughout the day, employees come in an out of the garage-like hardware lab at Ecobee to prototype new ideas.

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In the Ecobee Hardware Lab, tinkering with ideas.

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Access to the Hardware Lab allows testing and iteration of hardware concepts.

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Sahaj Cheema, director of product management, inside the hardware lab, where Ecobee employees can tinker on new ideas.

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A simple prototype in the hardware lab used an upside down wastebasket for a quick build.

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The Changing Landscape of Disruptive Technologies report from Canadian advisory services firm KPMG calls Toronto a leader in technology innovation hubs.

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Rohit Sriram shows us around the Ecobee audio lab at the company's headquarters in Toronto, Ontario.

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Once the work day winds down, Ecobee employees gather in the expansive common area for beers and board games on Thursday nights.

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Taking a ping-pong break at the Ecobee office.

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"I'm more excited about our product roadmap and where we're going and the opportunities that lie ahead than I've ever been," says CEO Lombard.

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