Google’s next future tech endeavor is … smart thermostats?

on December 16th, 2013 by erikwestlake | No Comments »

Google's next future tech endeavor is ... smart thermostats?

Years from now, when we’re all peering at one each other through Google Glass from the comfort of our self-driving cars, we may be able to rest assured that our homes are running as efficiently as the robots making our gadgets.

The word from two informants of The Information (paywall) as well as a document the site reviewed is that Google is testing internet-connected thermostats.

The ‘stats, part of a project supposedly called EnergySense, would help people keep tabs on their energy use and let them make adjustments.

Mountain View may be making use of hardware from smart thermostat maker ecobee, though the company’s CEO said it wasn’t working with Google.

What a gas

One of the site’s sources said Google isn’t looking to compete with Nest.

Instead, the company has designs on making a more efficient energy grid. With the data it gathers during a pilot program, Google will generate applications and services, according to the report.

Non-Google employees have been tapped as "Trusted Testers" in St. Louis, Mo. and perhaps in other places, though there’s no indication when the EnergySense pilot will launch, if ever.


    








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