As Industry insiders we see things like Smart thermostats a certain way. We found this outside the industry perspective from Earth 911 TV, that compares the Honeywell, Ecobee 3, and Nest. Not a bad review from someone who does not eat, drink and breath controls like the average ControlTrends viewer.
HomeKit makes it easy to discover, group, and control Apple HomeKit-enabled accessories in your home. Control your ecobee3 by using Siri on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. Requires iOS 8.1 or later. Your iPhone is now a universal remote that controls your home. Imagine all your smart accessories working together and customized around you. HomeKit allows users to communicate with and control connected accessories in their home. It enables them to discover HomeKit accessories, configure them and create actions to control their devices.
Users can group actions together and trigger them using Siri. HomeKit is built on a secure foundation with end-to-end encryption which provides customers a secure connection between their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch and HomeKit-enabled accessory.
Introducing the Lyric thermostat from Honeywell. The next generation of smart technology from the company that invented The Round thermostat. No learning curve, no rigid scheduling—just comfort and control.
The Lyric thermostat is among the most compatible on the market. There’s no power wire required, so will it be compatible with your home’s heating and cooling system? We’re pretty sure.
Stay Connected. Lyric was designed with your dynamic schedule in mind. We moved the thermostat controls to your smart device, so you stay connected no matter where the day takes you. Coming soon!
Thanks to Marc Petock for bringing this article from Gigaom’s Stacey Higginbotham’s to the ControlTrends Community’s attention. Not only does Stacey share some updated information and insight into the Ecobee and Nest thermostats, but she explains that openness and connectivity are not the same thing. These are two trends we are following very carefully. Are openness and connectivity traveling the same route of the VHS versus Beta video format war? Another must read is Stacey’s “United States of Connectedness: What works for the Internet of things.”
A tale of two thermostats: What Nest and Ecobee teach us about connected thermostats. By Stacey Higginbotham. Summary: Connected devices need to connect to more than just the internet, they need to connect to each other. And while an open API can help, popularity is more likely to result in that next level of connectivity.
Ecobee smart thermostat: Ecobee has sold a little less than 500,000 connected thermostats since its founding in 2007 according to its CEO Stuart Lombard. The Canadian company’s thermostats ar connected, use algorithms that can help you save on your monthly utility bills and have open APIs. The company itself has a vision of the future that involves more sensors and smarter computers in the cloud, not necessarily on the wall. You probably haven’t heard of it.
On the other hand is Nest, a newer maker of connected thermostats and a company that everyone aspires to be like when it comes to the connected home. While there are no definite numbers available, the company, which was purchased by Google in February for $3.2 billion, has sold an estimated 1 million thermostats. They are beautiful blue half circles easily noticed on the walls of people’s homes. They are connected via multiple radios, learn about your habits and adjust your temperature accordingly. You probably know it exists, even if you don’t care at all about the internet of things.
In pondering these two devices you can learn a lot about the internet of things and how consumers will gravitate to connected products and services. The Nest has three attributes that the average thermostat doesn’t: it’s connected, it learns and it’s beautiful. And the combination of added functionality and the cool factor are what has helped it become the standard of success for the internet of things. The learning is important to delivering a good experience, but it’s not something most consumers care about.
What has surprised me though is that most consumers don’t care about openness. I purchased an Ecobee last summer over the Nest because I’m obsessed with open APIs and the ability to tie my gadgets together. In fact, all the way back in 2012 when thinking about the criteria I have for whether or not to shell out money for a connected device the size of the ecosystem was one of my three criteria. What I didn’t count on or think about what that openness does not always equate to the size or quality of a devices’ ecosystem.
Nest: So while not open, the Nest is supported by an array of connected device platforms in an ad hoc manner, while those same companies (and others) wait for the official API. Meanwhile, the Ecobee open API and support languishes. I’ve literally been waiting months for SmartThings to deliver on the Ecobee support (it first said it would support Ecobee back in July). Meanwhile, Lombard explains that Ecobee would love to integrate with If This Then That, but that the platform is focused on more popular products that have a large number of users.
That makes sense. Integrating an API isn’t as simple as dropping some code into an app when it comes to controlling connected devices. And with more and more connected devices launching every day figuring out where to focus integration efforts is a challenge for companies that are trying to build bridges across different devices and home automation products. So I’m stuck clutching my one of 500,000 Ecobees hoping that in its next iteration, or after the Nest acquisition, that it gains enough mind share with consumers and developers to make it worth supporting.
And in the meantime I’m reminded that alone, my connected thermostat is cool and adds more convenience to my life, but that it’s going to take the existence of other products to elevate it from connected to awesome.
We introduce you to momit Smart Thermostat
Thanks to Chantal Marin-Bourceraau, Product Manager and Business Development at Green momit, ControlTrends has learned of yet another innovative and smart thermostat sweeping across the European markets, with a possible eye on the North American market as well. We introduce Green momit:
“We have made a thermostat that is different than the rest, it has a sophisticated style, with touch screen, no buttons or wheels. It is WiFi and smart, so it is able to learn our daily routines and autoprograming so can help us to save expenses and energy.
momit Smart Thermostat — Imagine a thermostat with modern and customizable design, imagine being able to control the temperature of your home at anytime and anywhere, imagine saving up to 20% more energy than the most advanced thermostats, and last but not least, easy to install and compatible with over 90% of households, if you closed your eyes, you have imagined it.
Smart comfort — momit Smart Thermostat knows you, learns from your daily routines, knows at what time do you wake up, knows if you are at home and it is day or night. It is smart. It calculates the time the takes to your home for reaching the temperature that you want, therefore, you will always be at the temperature you want whenever you want.”
Control your thermostat at anytime and anywhere: Your thermostat is always connected to the internet, this means that you can manage it from anywhere and from any device (mobile phones, tablets, PCs).