I recently visited a friend’s house and walked past the Nest thermostat and was amazed at what it could do. Not only does it allow users to control their home or apartment’s temperature from their smartphone or tablet, but it can also help save on energy bills. Google purchased the company for $3.2 billion in 2014 and is beginning to release new products such as the Nest Protect smoke alarm system and the Nest Cam home surveillance camera. This is all possible because of Big Data and analytics – algorithms in the software used by the devices to monitor and record how they are used, building up a profile which allows them to intelligently ‘set’ themselves” (Marr, 2015). Google believes that this type of technology will one day be featured in the ‘smart home’ as well, so I’m interested to see what else Google will come up with in this product line.
Marr, B. (2015, August 5). Google’s Nest: Big Data and the Internet of Things in the Connected Home. Forbes. Retrieved from http://www.forbes.com/sites/bernardmarr/2015/08/05/googles-nest-big-data-and-the-internet-of-things-in-the-connected-home/#417527b458a1