Less than a year after the launch of the Nest® Learning Thermostat™, Nest Labs, Inc. (www.nest.com) today announced the next-generation of the award-winning Nest thermostat, which is 20 percent slimmer and now compatible with 95 percent of low-voltage residential heating and cooling systems. Nest is also releasing version 3.0 of its software. New and existing customers will get several industry-first features that help to even better balance comfort and conservation.
The subtlety of the update betrays Nest's understanding of the discerning customer. Rather than focusing on glitz and glamor, the folks at Nest have instead re-engineered their novel product into a slimmer, lighter, and higher-compatibility model.
For a thermostat, perhaps the most important selling point is the compatibility of the product. Now boasting 95 percent compatibility with residential homes, Nest's potential consumer base has grown in a very serious way.
Moreover, with such a nuanced update, Nest runs only a small risk of offending its early-adopting customers.
The most obvious indicator of Tony Fadell's success with the Nest is the fact that he and his team have been able to create a lust-worthy thermostat.
For the first time ever, a thermostat company is updating its products in time for the holiday season — in time for people to receive thermostats as Christmas gifts.
And now, magically, that is not a strange phenomenon whatsoever.