It’s been quite the four-year journey for Nest Labs, launching two big smart home gadgets and eventually drawing the eye of Google in January of 2014 — and it all started with the Nest Learning Thermostat. Today, Nest Labs, now under the Alphabet umbrella, is announcing the 3rd generation of the thermostat that started it all.
Looks can be deceiving, especially since the new Nest looks damn similar to the two before it, but it comes with new capabilities that make it a true successor. For one, the thing is 40 per cent bigger and with a sharper display. But the real addition is a new feature called “Farsight”.
Before, Nest’s small profile and lower resolution meant you needed to be about a metre away to see what was on the screen. Now, Nest promises “across the room” viewing, so you don’t have to squint to see what your thermostat is up to. “Furnace Heads Up” is another new feature that will run a kind of diagnostic on your heating system twice a year to make sure it’s running properly. This will also make its way to the first and second generation thermostats.