The recent news of Google's acquisition of Nest, the maker of the wildly popular self-setting Wi-Fi enabled home thermostat and now smart smoke and carbon-monoxide alarm, has had the Internet a buzz about just what this may mean in the ways of privacy and home automation control.
Google, Nest and the mechanical contractor
The technology has been around for a while but Nest with its marketing genius and Silicon Valley roots took it to the homeowner on a whole new level. Just connecting and controlling a heating or cooling system is limiting and companies like Google (I predict) will market their new acquisition as only one piece of a much larger puzzle. So what is Google buying? Your habits? Insight as to when you arrive home, leave for work or sit in front of your computer?