Ex-Apple men take thermostat to e-age

Written by New York Times | Updated: Oct 26 2011, 03:43am hrs
Tony Fadell, a former Apple executive who led iPod and iPhone development from 2001 to 2009, helped transform consumer products used by millions of people. Next up: the humble household thermostat.

A boring wall fixture and an unlikely target for innovation Not to Fadell, his team of 100 computer hardware and software experts and the venture capitalists backing his Silicon Valley start-up, Nest Labs. They see the conventional thermostat as a dumb switch that can be changed into a clever digital assistant that saves homeowners money and reduces energy consumption and pollution. Weve built the worlds first learning thermostat a thermostat for the iPhone generation, Fadell said.