Nest Labs, based in Palo Alto, Calif., and founded last year, is announcing its offering on Tuesday, and plans to begin shipping the $249 thermostat by the middle of November.
Outsiders who have tried out the product are impressed by its stylish design, ease of use and advanced features, like motion-tracking sensors that detect whether people are present and adjust room temperatures accordingly. But it remains to be seen whether consumers and contractors will pay more for a high-tech thermostat, when good enough has been good enough for decades.
The big story will be the the thousands of makers that are just going to make their own (different/better) open source versions quickly after this is released. We already had a few customers email us, they’re working on it now. “DIY home automation” are the top show-and-tell projects each week too. We’ll probably pick up one just to take it apart