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?

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.

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