Google has started selling hardware for the home from its Nest Labs division, after it bought the firm for $3.2bn January.
The firm picked up Nest Labs as part of its growth plans, which include robotics and other investments. Google paid $3.2bn for Nest Labs and its resources, which include the ‘Father of the iPod' Tony Fadell.
Google chief executive Larry Page said at the time: "Nest's founders, Tony Fadell and Matt Rogers, have built a tremendous team that we are excited to welcome into the Google family.
"They're already delivering amazing products you can buy right now – thermostats that save energy, and smoke and CO alarms that can help keep your family safe. We are excited to bring great experiences to more homes in more countries and fulfill their dreams."
Now Google is selling that hardware too, and the Nest Thermostat costs £179 in the UK and $249 in the US. Stock levels appear to be reasonably good, and Google has a shipping estimate of one to two days.
"The Nest Learning Thermostat programs itself, turns the heat down when you're away and can be controlled from anywhere using your smartphone or tablet," says Google in its introduction to the wall mounted hardware.
"Set the temperature from wherever you are using your smartphone, tablet or laptop. You can also change your schedule and check your Energy History. No more guessing. The Nest Thermostat learns how long your system needs to heat up, so you'll reach the temperature you want, when you want."
The Nest app will work with devices running iOS 5.0 and later, and Android devices running Android 2.2 and above. The thermostat will not take up much of your internet bandwidth. Google estimates monthly uploads of 50MB and downloads, software updates only, of 10MB.
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