Nest, the company that’s reinventing the home thermostat, has announced the second generation of its device.The Nest 2, designed by the same team of veterans from Apple and other big consumer-electronics companies as the first model, is 20% thinner than its predecessor. You interact with it by spinning the entire body (instead of only spinning the grip).
The inside’s been redesigned, offering more room to pull wires through for easier installation. There are new connectors as well, offering improved compatibility with existing home heating and cooling systems. Where the first Nest was compatible with 75% of homes with low-voltage heating and cooling systems, the Nest 2 is compatible with 95%.
All Nest customers get an update to a new version of software over the air, even for the original unit.
What about apps? There are already iOS and Android apps, but the Nest will have an app out for Android tablets like the Nexus 7 as well.
The new unit will cost $249 and the original unit will see a price drop to $229.
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