How does Google Nest work?
Updated: Nov 27, 2019
With the purchase of Nest Labs by Google yesterday night many wonder what is special about this company but especially its products. They are not the only ones that manufacture an intelligent thermostat, much less a smoke detector, but they do seem to be the ones that have done it the best. So better let's see what does Nest really do and how does your product work?
What is Nest?
Nest Labs is a company founded by Tony Fadell and Matt Rogers, the first former Apple engineer who is known as one of the parents of the iPod, not in vain he was senior vice president of the iPod division; the second, another former chief engineer of the iPod and iPhone departments at Apple. And from the moment the company was founded until now, only two products have been launched, with the Nest thermostat being the main one. Although Nest Protect, smoke detector, also has its interest.
The Nest Thermostat was introduced on October 25, 2011 and offered an intelligent solution to a "problem" that according to Tony Fadell was unacceptable. That problem was neither more nor less than the responsible and efficient control of the energy consumption of the refrigeration and heating systems of homes. A consumption that, according to them, represents 10% of all the energy consumed in the United States.
They thought that it was not logical how those first thermostats of 1970, with their complex operation for the user, had not evolved offering simpler designs and an improved operation thanks to technological advances. Therefore, they started developing a product that would allow 89% of owners, who seldom made use of theirs, save energy and direct involvement with some dollars in the bill.
So they had the idea very clear, they were going to approach the problem with the intention to take advantage of their experiences in the development of other products, to squeeze the maximum current technologies and create a product that really was smart, simple and comfortable to use for the user.
How does the Nest Thermostat work?
The Nest Thermostat is much more than a simple circular thermostat that brings back memories of different devices, it is a product that through a combination of sensors, learning algorithms and cloud computing is able to learn from our behavior and preferences. So, little by little he has more information that allows him to work autonomously, without that we just have to interact with him so that the temperature of our home is optimal.
The first times, through a control that reminds us of the wheel of the iPod (Click Wheel), we will use it to set the ideal temperature for each moment. From there, as we use it more and more, the Nest Thermostat will learn our habits and know that at certain hours of the day we like a temperature and different from, for example, when night comes.
But not only manually accessing the thermostat can vary the temperature, also, thanks to its Wi-Fi connectivity, we will be able to adjust it through our computer, smartphone or tablet. From which we also access more information such as our habits.
At this point many of you will think, does that alone and call itself intelligent? There's no more. By using different technologies Nest is able to guide the user to more efficient temperatures. Thus, through very visual information, the Nest Thermostat indicates temperatures with greater energy efficiency. And also uses sensors that detect when we are at home or not, something that allows you to lower the temperature and continue to save energy. And always non-stop to learn from the user's habits.
The simplicity is the success
Along with everything seen, the Nest Thermostat is no longer the only product that offers this intelligent and useful behavior for the user who, day after day, must worry less about its operation thanks to the information it collects to adapt to their habits.
So, what is the real interest of Google to make a purchase for 3.2 billion dollars? Well as usual, in addition to the product, the existing talent in the company. Talent that has led them to manufacture devices where simplicity is the basis of success.
Unlike other solutions, the Nest Thermostat in particular offers a control system that greatly facilitates the user's interaction. No multiple buttons, unclear menus, ... Here we will only have one wheel or rotating ring and a screen where the information and menus are displayed clearly.
Turning the wheel to one or the other side we establish the desired temperature value (cooling and heating) and if it also turns out to be a more efficient option at the energy level it will show us a small green leaf. Then we can access options by just touching the screen, as we see in the video.
The support and interest of Google Nest
The purchase of Google we hope will be very beneficial for all. The first beneficiaries are the guys from Nest, the company will now have, as they say, a much more powerful means of transport to get to places much faster. Google is not a plane it is all a spaceship.
Thanks to their support and resources, although they have affirmed that they will continue to function as an independent company, in the style of Motorola, they will be able to realize a much faster expansion. Something that already affects users because we could see a version of Nest compatible with European households.
For its part, for Google, Nest is a new support for what we already knew in 2011 during the Google I / O, Android at Home. The Mountain View company is clear that home automation is and will be an important topic of interest for users. With an integration of its services we could, for example, see how our Android terminal offers even more information so that user interaction is less necessary.
Something that would be achieved with the integration of Google services. But for the moment everything would be speculation about what we would like to see us. Therefore, it will be necessary to have patience to see in a real way what happens. What we do have clear is that after conquering the Internet with its services and devastate (with permission from Apple in some markets) on mobile devices with Android, Google is now going for our homes
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