The Nest learning thermostat

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Former Apple iPod and iPhone hardware development chief Tony Fadell wants to turn your home's thermostat into the next "must-have" gadget by imbuing it with an Apple-like design sensibility.

The Nest is the home heating and cooling thermostat-equivalent of a smartphone. It has a beautiful graphical user interface, and simple controls. It can sense your presence in a room, and adjust the heating/cooling to accommodate. It learns your daily routines and adjusts its behavior to save energy and money. It’s even internet-enabled, and there are iOS and Android apps you can use to run it when you’re away from home.

The installation is not too challenging, especially if you’re a little bit handy. Then, almost like setting up a new Apple TV, you go through a setup process to get it logged onto your wifi, and connected to a Nest.com user account. You can change the current heating or cooling temperature by spinning the Nest’s dial, but it’s much more fun to use the iPad app.

Order the 3rd Generation Nest Learning Thermostat from Amazon