Last October, people got super excited over something that I would bet about .03% of the world population cared a hoot for. The thermostat. Not just any thermostat, but Nest. The device on it’s own was very impressive, but I didn’t hear about it by chance. I caught a tweet about Nest by Mike Matas:
A new user interface I designed for the @nest learning thermostat. It saves tons of energy and is super easy to use. bit.ly/sylc3Z — Mike Matas (@mike_matas) October 25, 2011
This was the first time I could recall hearing about a new piece of everyday home furnishings, from a designer I have tremendous respect for.
As many others have, I’ve followed Matas’ wonderful photo journalistic exploits with a smile, and have been in awe of not only his design aesthetics, but his ability to make an interface not feel like an “interface.”
Yesterday I was excited to see that there was an email from Nest in my inbox. The new update is out, v2.0, and it looks great. Not major changes, but meaningful updates nonetheless.
Straight from the Nest blog, here’s what’s new:
- Enhanced Energy History that’s available on the Web and Mobile apps.
- Airwave™, an exclusive energy-saving feature available just in time for cooling season.
- Additional info and control of Nest features via the Web and iPhone and Android apps.
- Updated Menu and Settings within the Nest Learning Thermostat.
Seeing such an update with new features that are based on user feedback makes me a lot more interested in picking up a Nest for myself. Especially considering the fact that they, unlike many, didn’t just add more clutter to such a minimalistic style interface and call it an update. They’re committed to keeping this device alive, usable, and beautiful.
Take a look at some of the new updates:
Check out our own David Keegan‘s unboxing of his Nest back in March. If any of you have already updated to v2.0, let us know what you think in the comments below!