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The iPod of thermostats is sold-out until 2012. Nest Labs, makers of the connected, smart, “learning” thermostat, say on their website that the hot thermostat is “sold out through early next year.” In the meantime, the company has closed its online store at Nest.com.
I just pre-ordered one via the Best Buy (s bby) website, and mine won’t ship until between Jan. 9 and Jan. 16, 2012. (Sorry, Mom and Dad, your Christmas present will be late.)
Nest says on its site that people who reserved a thermostat via the Nest store, and received a reservation number, can get theirs between Dec. 2011 and Feb. 2012. For people who pre-ordered one on Best Buy and Nest.com, the shipping date on your confirmation email still stands.
I’ve reached out to the company to see what kind of volumes have led to the company selling out til 2012. It’s a $250 thermostat, so regardless, that’s pretty impressive.
The thermostat was created by Tony Fadell, the former chief architect at Apple (s AAPL), who led the development of the iPod and the first three versions of the iPhone, and who left Apple two years ago to start connected thermostat company Nest Labs. The thermostat has a unique design and learning, behavioral algorithms, which can help home owners save 20 to 30 percent on their energy bills. Fadell told me in an interview last month that he wanted to make the device “a coveted, cherished object that sits on your wall.”
Nest has been operating for about a year and a half, has 100 employees, and raised funding from Kleiner Perkins, Google Ventures (s goog) and Al Gore’s investment fund. The company only came out of stealth on Oct. 24 (about a week ago) to reveal its smart thermostat design and energy efficiency ambitions.