Nest thermostat retooled with a bigger display, furnace monitoring

Google’s Nest division is releasing a new version of its thermostat that has a bigger display and is a little smarter than its predecessor.

Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.pcworld.com

Google-owned Nest is releasing a new version of its thermostat that has a larger display and is a little smarter than its predecessor.

The high-resolution display is 2 inches in diameter, or 40 percent larger than the second generation model, making it easier to read from a distance. The thermostat also has a slightly thinner profile.

There’s a new feature called Furnace Heads-Up, which allows the device check in on furnace activity. Twice a year, the thermostat will look at furnace shut-off patterns to determine if there’s an overheating problem. If suspicious activity is detected, users will be notified on the display, through the Nest app and in their monthly Nest report.  Owners of first and second generation thermostats will get the feature later this year, through a free software update.   Nest can already detect when a person is nearby and turn on its display. The new model gets a feature called Farsight, which can spot people when they’re farther away, like across the room, and allow the display to come on then too. It’s presumably easier to see from a distance because it’s bigger.

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