Nest, the company known mostly for its "learning" thermostat, is updating the product that made its name in the home automation space. The third generation Nest Learning Thermostat features a number of improvements over its previous iteration.
The biggest change is the new display, measuring over 40% larger than the previous generation. This display is crisper too, clocking in at 229 ppi. Moreover, the hardware is ever so slightly thinner, coming in at 1.21 inches; which is 0.05 inches less than last year.
The improvements don't stop at aesthetics only, as the thermostat is gaining some new sensors and features as well. The main change is the addition of a new feature called Farsight, which will activate the screen every time it detects someone in the room. With the previous generation, the only way to see the current temperature was by approaching the thermostat or clicking the unit. Users will also get some customization options with the ability to now choose analog or digital clock faces.
There are some other temperature sensors packed into the device as well, which Nest says helps the thermostat learn, and even detect persistent problems with your furnace. According to Nest, the thermostat is present in millions of homes saving over 4 billion kWh of energy, as of their announcement.The thermostat is now available for purchase for the same price as last year's model, which is $250.