Nest Labs, a startup founded by former Apple engineers, hopes to do for home thermostats what their former employer did for smartphones — make them hip and intuitive. The startup came out of stealth mode on Tuesday to unveil the Learning Thermostat, which can be taught to maintain its owners’ precise comfort level after a week or less of use, saving energy lost through manual adjustment.
“We created the world’s first learning thermostat,” Nest vice president of marketing Erik Charlton said while giving AFP an early look at the device. “You interact with it for a few days and it programs itself to your schedule,” he said. “You don’t have to touch it again.”
Nest co-founder Tony Fadell is a former senior vice president of the Apple division behind iPods and iPhones. Fellow co-founder Matt Rogers was a lead iPod software engineer working with Fadell at Apple.