October 2nd 2012 9:14 am


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by dave

Nest just bought Dropcam.
Back in January, we had a healthy discussion after Google acquired Nest. Some of us were horrified by the idea ("now Google has direct access into our home!"), and some of us were excited by it ("maybe Nest will support open standards and foster a new home automation platform!"). See more here: http://www.engadget.com/discuss/google-buys-nest-noooooo-cry-people-everywhere-1ncv/
This evening, we find out... Read more →

by dave

Google could potentially bring ads to things like NEST thermostats and more...
I suppose this was inevitable, but Google announced that they could possibly bring ads to things like our thermostats. This is something that a lot of people speculated about and feared during the Nest acquisition. I wonder about the logistics of it though -- e.g., would the ads subsidize the cost of a Nest (similar to what Amazon does with a cheaper Kindle)?
I have to say, right now my gut feeling is that if I saw some sort of ad pop up on the thermostat as I walked... Read more →

by dave

Google buys Nest... "Noooooo" cry people everywhere
Big news in home automation today, Google acquired Nest.
Judging from friends' reactions on Twitter and Facebook, most people don't seem too enthusiastic about this though. I can't say I blame them. Considering the incredible amount of information Google has on you already (and how that information can potentially be abused), I find myself disappointed by this news. And let's not forget how quickly Google discards products and teams when it... Read more →

by frankspin

Wiring a Nest without a 'C' wire
I got a really good deal on a Nest through my gas company and when I did a compatibility checker it said I was good to go. As I've been doing more research on the Nest I'm learning that the way it draws power is by cycling over the Rc or Rh wire if there is no 'C' wire. I'm noticing a lot of people saying they're having issues with their Nest when they don't have a 'C' wire in place. Is anyone here running a Nest without a C wire and if so how has it been? It seems the time of "failure" is all...

by marc

gdgt Zeitgeist 2012, Part I: Best and Worst of the Year
Over the past year, we’ve scored well over a thousand gadgets. Most of those are good products, with gdgt Scores in the mid 70s to low 80s. These are gadgets you aren’t likely to be disappointed with if you get them, but they’re not likely to wow you either. But we also scored some truly great devices, with scores in the upper 80s and 90s, as well as some that were just awful, with scores as low as 50. As with all of the products we... Read more →