Nest is a company that was Co-founded by two former Apple Engineers. Nest’s mission is to reinvent devices that are the necessary part of every home. The big picture for these innovative devices is to create a “connected home” where all the devices will eventually communicate with each other and perform automatically, similar to what you’d see in a movie about the future.
Its signature product is its thermostat, which learns its homeowner’s behavior. All the homeowner has to do is manually change the temperature for a certain amount of time until the thermostat learns to adjust automatically to meet the homeowner’s routine.
Google recently bought Nest for $3.2 billion, as their first step toward the “connected home.” Google has enough resources to drive innovative improvements to Nest’s existing products, and to inspire new products based on the same general concept.
What about Privacy?
Consumers have voiced their concerns pertaining to how this will affect their privacy. Nest operates by extracting data from the environment, mostly the changes in behavior of the home’s residents, but also the changes in lighting and humidity.
Google has a vast amount of power on how much information they can access from it’s customers, and has sold information about its users to the Government in the past. They have responded to these concerns by stating that they will not share the information, and when users sign up, they have to opt out for their information to be excluded from sharing.
Google essentially wants to have a connected home, where each of the user’s electronic devices could speak to each other.
The refrigerator knows when the milk is running low, the thermostat knows to warm up the house before the owner gets up, the coffee machine turns on right on time for breakfast and the car starts 15 minutes before the owner has to leave for work, so he or she can drive at a comfortable temperature and with clear windows.
Google wants this operating system to be powered by Android, rather than iOS or Windows.