does Google want to control your nest?

Earlier this week, Google announced it is buying Nest Labs for $3.2 billion in cash. Nest is the maker of two controls products, a thermostat and a smoke alarm, for the residential property market.

So why Google would be interested in purchasing Nest for such a large sum is not too difficult to work out. Perhaps it is more about the “Internet of Things” than it is about Nest. Yet connecting people with things and making the experience seamless is the direction of Google and nest so this marriage should not be a surprise. Tony Fadell, Nest CEO said “The decision was not made on the whim – Google has been in the mix in some way or another for about three years of our almost four-year history.

Although only a “David” in a market of controls giants, Nest seems to have awaken at least one of the giants, Honeywell, who is now in court with Nest over patent infringements. Techzone360 sums it up well.

Honeywell and the other controls companies have every right to be concerned with Nest considering Nest’s achievement in the marketplace, with over 25,000 certified professionals, in the short time since their appearance. And now with the Google boost the sky scrapers is the limit – who knows if the commercial market is the next target!

Even traditional engineers would have to admit, the Nest products are very slick, well thought out and seems so easy to use. Nest make controls look like child’s play. Google’s Larry Page said “They’re (referring to Nest) already delivering amazing products you can buy right now–thermostats that save energy and smoke/CO alarms that can help keep your family safe”.
Google and Nest just blew open the pandora’s box of controls and reinventing the future just got interesting. Watch this space!

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