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Air conditioning giant Carrier Corp. has made an undisclosed minority equity investment in Ecobee, the smart thermostat maker. The investment comes after…
Honeywell has finally come up with it’s answer to the Nest thermostat with Lyric — a thermostat that doesn’t try to learn your family’s habits, but does adjust to your comings and goings.
Everyone wants to get in on the smart home, so the launch of a DIY home hub by lighting automation provider Lutron isn’t a huge surprise. Here are the details.
Well-known tech investor Chris Dixon, speaking in New York, shared some thoughts on virtual currency and where the innovation and the economy are going. Here’s a short summary.
Together, Zebra Technologies and Motorola unit plan to attack internet of things opportunities, where they compete with Honeywell and others.
I spent the last few days playing with the voice controlled Honeywell Thermostat (just the voice control, not the temperature control stuff) and learned a few things about how one might want to use voice for the smart home.
In the face of growing competition from startups, Honeywell has launched a Wi-Fi-connected, smart thermostat, and the device may one day control more than just the heating and cooling systems.
Connecting my house is fun, but when it came to choosing a thermostat that worked with existing platforms, was online and learned what I liked, I was stuck. This is what I chose.
American utilities are slowly starting to embrace using smart thermostats to help manage the energy consumption of their customers. Startups like EnergyHub, EcoFactor, Nest, and Opower are offering these tools.
Following the news that startup Nest began selling its smart thermostat through Apple’s online store, the company announced on Thursday that its device is now available via Amazon, too.
In a huge win for startup Nest, which makes a connected learning thermostat, Apple has now started selling the Nest thermostat through its online store. It could end up being the most important move ever for a next-generation digital thermostat.
The bare-knuckle boxing match between thermostat giant Honeywell and smart thermostat startup Nest Labs entered round three on Monday, with Honeywell’s official denial of Nest’s counterclaim.
If you were wondering if smart thermostat startup Nest was going to roll over to be squashed by the Honeywell thermostat gorilla, the answer is a resounding no. Nest announced has officially denied Honeywell’s patent infringement claims, and has brought on Apple’s former patent chief.
Smart thermostat maker Nest announced on Thursday that it’s done one of its biggest upgrades in terms of both software and hardware since it launched its thermostat five months ago.
Zipcar reported fourth quarter earnings this week and Wall Street was not happy (shares traded down an immediate 13 percent). Despite actually posting its second consecutive quarterly profit of $3.9 million, concerns are rising about revenue numbers, particularly in Europe.
Have the patent wars — that have dominated mobile in recent years — finally come to cleantech? And what does that mean for startups?
Check out the results of our survey of 200+ GigaOM readers on what they think are the implications of the Honeywell-Nest lawsuit.
The thermostat — a household gadget that never used to get much respect — is now grabbing the attention of the tech community because of a lawsuit filed last week by industry giant Honeywell against Nest Labs. The lawsuit has caused an intense debate on not only the merit of Honeywell’s claim but also the impact the legal fight might have on innovation in the smart thermostat space (will it stifle or protect it?). We conducted a survey right after Honeywell announced the lawsuit and asked GigaOM readers for their views on what will likely be a nasty legal tussle between the two companies. This research note examines and analyzes the survey results.
Nest has finally publicly commented on being slapped with a patent infringement lawsuit. Nest says it will “vigorously defend itself,” against Honeywell’s lawsuit, and says it has “the resources, support and conviction to do so.”
When tech patent lawsuits land in the middle of an industry they tend to make a loud, dull, thud sound. Nobody particularly likes them, both parties can often times end up looking bad, (or at least petty) and patent lawsuits are a guaranteed time and money-suck.
Then news that thermostat giant Honeywell has slapped startup Nest with a lawsuit for patent infringement throws an unexpected wrinkle in the landscape of the smart thermostat this year. We ask readers to weigh in on what the lawsuit means for the smart thermostat industry.
The Green IT section of our GigaOM Pro service has been cranking out a lot of rock solid research and long form reports in 2012. Come check out our new 30-page state of solar report, our smart thermostat research and new analysis on batteries.
Two decades Honeywell tested out learning thermostats — the notion behind Nest’s new device — and found that consumers didn’t take to them and would rather control their thermostat themselves.
Retailer giant Best Buy is launching a modest push into home energy products, planning to sell gadgets that can help home owners cut their energy consumption, and lower their energy bills, via dedicated sections of some of its stores and through a new online portal.
The building management systems (BMS) industry has traditionally been a conservative one, dominated by well-established global players like Honeywell, Siemens and Johnson Controls. But in the past few years, a number of factors have converged to shake up the industry and bring in new players, with companies like Cisco and IBM acting as bridges between heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems and IT networks. And with 50 percent of all energy consumption coming from the operation of buildings, the incentive to monitor and reduce energy usage by automating systems within buildings — from lighting to air-conditioning to security — is increasing.
Along with our latest gadgets, cell phones, electrical meters and cars, light bulbs and lighting systems, are increasingly getting embedded with chips, connected to wireless networks and moving into the Internet age. Here are some examples from the annual lighting convention Lightfair this week.
PowerIt Solutions, a behind-the-scenes player in building energy control and demand response technology player, has raised $5 million and landed a new CEO. New partners and new markets are on its menu.
Honeywell and State Grid Corp. of China plan a big demand response pilot project using OpenADR, marking the first step into the potentially huge Chinese market for the emerging standard for automating demand response.
How does one of the world’s biggest makers of technology to control buildings connect with the power grid? Honeywell is in a natural position to start answering that question with smart thermostats, home energy management, open source demand response, and a couple of quiet research projects.
While Rapid Electric Vehicles (REV) has been quietly deploying what could be the largest vehicle-to-grid project in the world, on Tuesday, the startup detailed a partnership with the Army to provide all-electric networked cars for its micro grid research project at Wheeler Air Base, Hawaii.
Many singers…: Kachan and Co. identified several participants in the retrofit lighting control market. Most of them recently started and are narrowly focused on lighting control. The exception is Lutron, which offers a wider selection of lighting products.
Building automation giant Honeywell has acquired demand response player Akuacom, which sells technology based on Open Automated Demand Response (OpenADR), the Berkeley Labs open source system for automating the way utilities do demand response. The smart grid moves closer to open source.
Can a plant that grows on arid land and sips salt water be a solution for the growing environmental impact of air…
UOP, a subsidiary of conglomerate Honeywell, announced today that it has signed a letter of intent with bio-oil veteran Ensyn to form a joint venture to produce second generation biofuels for power generation, heating and eventually transportation.
Bell and cable companies have long wanted to move on from net neutrality, their 2006 policy debacle. But once Washington has grabbed…
Nightline ran a great story last night that was right on time for St. Patrick’s Day today. Certainly that was no coincidence. …