Nest Just Made Your Thermostat Smarter With a New Algorithm

It's been a while since we heard anything new about Nest's flagship product, the quiet elder brother to the attention-hogging Protect. But today the company is pushing a new software update to all existing devices this week, and it's using a clever new bit of software to make them far more efficient. » 11/04/14 3:01am 11/04/14 3:01am

The Trick That Lets You Set Your Hotel Thermostat to Any Temp You Want

Just like "close door" elevator buttons and press-to-walk street signs, hotel thermostats are a notorious public placebo. You see the rig on the wall and get to feel like you have some modicum of control, but in reality, that thermostat will only let you go to 72, maybe 70 if you're lucky. But after that, it's… » 11/12/13 12:20pm 11/12/13 12:20pm

This Is a Hot Deal on a Cool Nest Thermostat

The humble thermostat isn't the hottest gadget category, but the Nest thermostat has the right combination of attractive interface and smartphone integration to actually be lust-worthy. Instead of pokey up and down buttons, the Nest shows you the current temperature on an aluminum dial and glows either blue or red if… » 3/25/13 9:51am 3/25/13 9:51am

Digital Thermostat Faucet Is Exercise In Minimalism

When I was growing up I thought all faucets were going to be like this—all digital, electronic thermostat and sleekly mysterious. Nope: 99% of faucets I use are still the old twist'n'turn and get the bath-temperature wrong variety. Perhaps it's because designs like this one from Italian makers Treemme are slightly… » 11/19/08 7:31am 11/19/08 7:31am

Ecobee Smart Thermostat Can Adjust Home Temps Online

Winter is just around the corner and, with gas prices still unstable, it's now even more important to monitor your thermostat. That's tough and annoying though, which is why gadgets like Ecobee » 10/16/08 11:45pm 10/16/08 11:45pm are coming out on the market. Ecobee has an integrated programmable smart thermostat with a WiFi-enabled touchscreen that…