iPod Designer Tony Fadell Created the World’s Most Beautiful Thermostat [Video]

Apple’s former Senior Vice President of the iPod Division, Tony Fadell, who worked on iPod and iPhone development between 2001 and 2009, announced his first product of his stealth startup Nest Labs Tuesday: a sexy, beautiful, world-saving … thermostat.

iPod “godfather” was expected to invent new player or another Apple’s communication gadget. But he has surprised the whole world, having devised the thermostat. The average cost of the device will be set about $249.

“Nest” users may frequently adjust the thermostat when they are getting up in the morning, leaving for work or studies, coming back home from and going to sleep.

Finally, after a week of a use, a motional sensor will learn their preferences and adjust the temperature to appropriate levels automatically. If they leave on a trip, the thermostat will figure out the house is empty and turn the heat and air conditioning to an energy-saving mode.

It was counted that thermostat will save you 20%—30% off your energy bills:

With its Learning Thermostat, Nest is going all in and telling the world that a ubiquitous but hard-to-master device that hasn’t had a major redesign in decades is due for a shot of iPod and iPhone design magic. Fadell and his team think they’ve come up with an alternative that’s easy to use and that learns from what we do. Along the way, the company thinks it could cut 20 percent to 30 percent off the average household’s $1,000 or so in annual energy bills.

The Learning Thermostat has some similar features as iPod has. It is a compact device that has a small digital display and is controlled by a wheel. You just push the front of the device to select within the menus.

The Nest Learning Thermostat is compatible with 85% of American household HVAC systems and goes on sale in November at Best Buy stores, with a price tag of $249. Photo: Nest

The device can be also controlled remotely with the help of an iOS app for iPhone and another coming soon for Android devices. One of the aims, the designers were to achieve, – make as much simple and convenient interface as possible.

“If you don’t make it look beautiful, people don’t cherish it,” Fadell said. “I want it to be a jewel on the wall so that it’s a conversation piece. People come over and they go, эWhat’s that on your wall?э and you go, эOh, you’ve got to check this out.'”

Fadell declined to say how many thermostats Nest has made. But he’s aiming big, noting that there are about 250 million thermostats installed in the United States and roughly 10 million sold a year in the country.

Like the iPod that Fadell helped create, the Learning Thermostat is a compact device that features a small digital display and is controlled by a wheel. photo: Nest

Fadell hasn’t noticed how many thermostats he had made. But it’s clear that he’s aiming big, knowing that there are about 250 million thermostats installed in the United States and roughly 10 million sold a year in the country.

Nest also has distribution agreements with electricians and contractors installing thermostats. Among the companies, having signed the agreement, is Watsco Inc, the largest distributor of heating, air conditioning and refrigeration products in the United States.

So, we won’t be able to find out until November, when the device goes on sale at a price tag $250. Nevertheless, Best Buy and Nest Labs’s website are taking pre-orders. [Via Mashable and Cult of Mac]

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