In another surprise release to the press, Google announced the acquisition of Nest Labs, the inventor and manufacturer of the stylish learning thermostat device, for $3.2 billion.
According to Aaron Tilley of Forbes, Google has attempted several times to gain access to “connected home” type systems – including its own energy monitoring service.
The smart thermostat device is just one of a series of home products that are robotic in nature and function but not technically robotic. All of Nest’s line of products involve sensing, automation and control to effect changes (change temperatures, ring alarms, send messges, etc.) in the physical world.