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Fat Geeky Guy’s Gadget of the Week: Nest

Star Rating: 
10 out of 10

This iPod thermostat is smarter than you.

The Pitch: The thermostat Steve Jobs would have in his home

What it really is: Useful but pricey, designer of the iPod and iPhone Tony Fadell made Nest, the world’s greenest, most wired (meaning wireless – strange, right?) thermostat. Nest learns as you adjust the thermostat manually at first, and from sensing movement in the room. In a short amount of time it knows your patterns, then controls the temperature automagically - making it colder when you come home drunk at 3 AM. Nest claims to lower energy costs, saving you money and the environment. Plus, it kinda looks like a light-up alien nipple. Press-ready Blurb: “Nest is the best!” –
What’s Extra Cool: Control the A/C from your mobile device - now you don’t have to get off the sofa when you’re burning up eating hot wings and watching your team lose. I, like most, hate moving around to do things. Everything should have a remote control.

What’s Missing: The Hal 9000 voice that says, “I'm sorry, Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that.”

Who’s it for: Uber geeks with a few bucks to throw around. People who want to save the earth and save money on electric bills by paying a lot for a thermostat.


Price: $249