Well he captured our imagination with the coolest looking thermostat ever, he got the packaging right, he was spot on with marketing, he made energy saving thermostats (at least his) a status symbol but unlike the IPOD there are serious design concerns with the Nest.Instead of a full blown power supply the Nest powers their stat with a power stealing scheme that takes power from the unit.There is a much larger agenda behind the Nest noise.It is a web-enabled, wireless, zigbee, smart phone, that takes advantage of cloud computing, and it is prepared for the smart grid.
The Honeywell Redlink is a proven commodity, with a much richer feature set…
We all benefit by the great smart thermostat race and there is no dis-inventing the Nest.
Disruptive technology will never, and should never, go away.
UNBELIEVABLE: (I verified this with Sarah Conner) In the year 2021, thermostats have been replaced by the Nest Domestic Constable, a smart device, affectionately known as Al, sold at the Apple store and Best Buy, that reports who is home, when they got there and what they ate.
It includes energy saving features like: reporting that the mother left the water running while she brushed her teeth and that father fell asleep with the TV on.