Science & Energy
Nest has worked out a deal with Electric Ireland, where customers of the Irish utility who sign a two-year contract get a free Nest thermostat. The Irish electric market is deregulated and consumers have a choice, so a free Nest gives a customer a reason to sign up and stay with one provider. It’s also going to provide valuable data about electricity consumption that both Nest and presumably the utility can use. Nest CEO Tony Fadell shared the news at the Web Summit in Dublin this week and claimed that we will see more such deals from Nest. To hear more from Fadell, come to our design conference Roadmap where he’ll be doing an onstage interview with Om Malik.
Fuel3D is prepping to release its relatively inexpensive consumer 3D scanner next year after raising $6.4 million in a second Series A round. Investors contributed $2.6 million in the first round in February. On top of increasing production, Fuel3D will use the money to expand into commercial applications such as biometrics and eyewear. The startup recently started shipping its first units to Kickstarter backers, who were originally scheduled to receive them in April. 3D scanners are of particular interest to 3D printer owners, who can use them to scan physical objects and then print a replica.
Solidoodle announced in an email to buyers today that the Press — one of the three 3D printers it added to its lineup in August — will not ship until early December. The company previously set a later-than-expected ship date of October 30. The Press is Solidoodle’s first 3D printer built to be extremely simple to use. CEO Sam Cervantes wrote in the email that Solidoodle needed to alter to the machine’s design after testing some of the first units to come off the production line.