Apple starts selling the Nest smart thermostat

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.

Today in Green IT: What’s the future of Zipcar?

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.


Flash analysis: 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.

Survey: Weigh in on the Honeywell-Nest lawsuit

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.

Best Buy making a bet on home energy gear

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 Next Frontier for Building Automation Systems

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.

Light Bulbs Move Into the Internet Age

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.

How Honeywell is Tackling the Smart Grid

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.

REV Charges Up Army Microgrid Project

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.

Honeywell Goes Open Source, Grabs Akuacom

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.

Honeywell and Ensyn Form JV for Bio-Oil

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.