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Google Bought Nest? No!!

Look I have been a loyal Google user since day 1. I have also been a loyal Nest user since it came out (I even blogged about it here). So upon hearing that Google bought out Nest (here is a great article on the purchase at Gigaom) you would think that I would be super pleased, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.

See Google already took a shot at energy monitoring with PowerMeter and failed. They shut the service down in September of 2011. And shutting things down is the primary reason that I am really alarmed and disappointed by this acquisition. My loyalty to Google has extended across its many product lines and far too often I have been completely burned by their desire to shut down a service. Services I had come to rely on: shut down. Services I used everyday: shutdown. Services I, in collaboration with a former employer, spent many man hours and many thousands of dollars to deploy: shutdown.

Google’s leadership has decided that instead of making the web a better place and profiting as a benefit, they would rather solely chase profits and eliminate lower margin solutions. I would be shocked if we don’t see a message like this at some point in the future:

Parody of Google Reader shutdown message applied to Nest website.
Parody of Google Reader shutdown message applied to Nest website.

 

Nest – Unboxing and Install

I am a total gadget nut; friends and regular readers can attest to that. I love the whole concept of the automated and connected home. One of the home automation items I have been watching is the smart thermostat. Late last year I first heard of Nest and just knew it was exactly what I was looking for. Almost as soon as I had heard about it I signed up on their waiting list and just this week was notified that I could order mine. Tuesday I got the email, Tuesday I placed my order, and today (Thursday) I received and installed my Nest!  Here is the unboxing of my Nest as well as some shots of the install process and and finished installation.

Nest in the Box

I couldn’t wait to open my Nest! The packaging is sleek and very Apple-esque.

Nest components out of the box

So I didn’t really get a worthwhile picture of the HUGE Honeywell old school thermostat, but after removing it (well actually first I shut off the power at the breaker) I was left with the following blank spot on the wall.

The old thermostat removed and I was left with a blank space

So after a little sanding, plaster patching, and painting I had a nice clean slate to work with. First task was to install the Nest wall mount, which I must say is a simply amazing design.

Nest Wall Mount close up (don’t worry I went in and leveled it up right)

Once the wall mount was on it was time to add the Nest controller. Literally the Nest controller clicked into the base and it was time to switch the breakers back on. All in all in about 1 hour (due mainly to the time to sand, plaster, and paint), I had a running Nest thermostat:

First shot of the Nest booting up

The Nest is super easy to setup; all in all I was done with setup in 5 minutes. It is so cool to have a thermostat that connects to the Internet and starts to modify my heating and cooling based on my usage habits! Here are a few additional shots of the Nest running, including some shots of the Nest in the dark…

Final shot of the Nest installed and running
A view of the Nest at an angle
Nest settings screen in the dark
Nest temperature in the dark