Tag Archive for ‘Nest’

Nest to Shut Down Revolv Home Automation Hubs ➝

Rob Price, writing for Business Insider:

Just over a month ago, Revolv updated its website to announce that it is closing down completely, pulling the plug on its existing products in May. “We’re pouring all our energy into Works with Nest and are incredibly excited about what we’re making,” wrote Revolv founders Tim Enwall and Mike Soucie. “Unfortunately, that means we can’t allocate resources to Revolv anymore and we have to shut down the service.”

Shutting down Revolv does not mean that Nest is ceasing to support its products, leaving them vulnerable to bugs and other unpatched issues. It means that the $300 devices and accompanying apps will stop working completely.

This is a great example of why I’m avoiding this whole smart home trend. I don’t want a botched software update, an internet outage, or the manufacturer’s future decisions to effect the use of my home appliances.

Botched Software Update Shuts Down Nest Thermostats for Many Customers ➝

Abner Li, writing for 9 to 5 Google:

Nest owners have reported that their smart thermostats have stopped working and as a result many woke up to colder than normal temperature in their house and unresponsive completely dead Nests. The fault lies in a software update (version 5.1.3 or later) that was pushed out to devices in December that drains the battery and ultimately shuts down the device.

Yikes. Upstate New York’s been a bit cold lately — I would not want to wake up without any heat.

Nest Announces Second Generation Nest Protect Smoke Detector ➝

Dieter Bohn, writing for The Verge:

At an event today in San Francisco, Nest announced that it is releasing a second-generation smoke detector, and it’s also called the Nest Protect. The new detector has a “split spectrum sensor” for smoke detection, a step beyond the single photoelectric in the original one.

It’s 11 percent smaller than the original, can test itself automatically with its speaker when it thinks your not home, is easier to install, and features a smoke chamber that keeps dust and insects out. It’s available for preorder today for $99 and ships at the end of the month.

The Verge Details the Honeywell Lyric Thermostat ➝

Honeywell’s answer to the Nest thermostat looks very good. For Honeywell’s sake I hope it didn’t take too long for them to make it to market.

Nest Protect ➝

A new smoke alarm from the folks behind the Nest Thermostat. I hope it sells well because it’s an incredibly neat product.

The Learning Thermostat ➝

Even the most expensive thermostats are still just ugly beige boxes. Nest is a drastic improvement over every thermostat on the market, in both functionality and design. Nest is a bit expensive ($249) but with all of it’s wonderful energy saving features, it can pay for itself in no time.