Honeywell has this awful Nest-like touchscreen thermostat in the works

Honeywell has this awful Nest-like touchscreen thermostat in the works
By Adam Zeis on 24 Apr 2014 03:00 pm

Honeywell, one of the most well-known thermostat makers on the planet, appears to be working on what may be their answer to Google's Nest learning thermostat. A screencapped image from a Honeywell employee shows off a new device that looks quite a bit like Nest, though with some subtle differences.

The circular thermostat features a temperature setting as well as current temperature, with a few indicators (buttons?) flanking both sides. The image itself isn't the greatest, but it's clear enough to see that it's very Nest-esque. Honeywell already has some app-controlled thermostats on the market, though none with such a radical design change.

No word on when or where we'll ever see this device, if at all, but Honeywell had no comment to say to Gizmodo on the matter.

We don't comment on rumor and speculation – we have no comment at this time.

Should it hit the market, it may make for some interesting competition for Nest if the price is right.

Source: Gizmodo

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Honeywell has this awful Nest-like touchscreen thermostat in the works


Geez that is terrible looking.. I know they're already stepping outside of their box and I'm sure they want it to be simple but their current 'touchscreen' thermostat line-up isn't exactly easy to use.

That is just ugly. However, I have a Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat and it's a great thermostat for those who want to tell their thermostat what to do instead of hoping it eventually learns something. It's even attractive, unlike that poorly designed Nest knock off.

I agree. I just can't wrap my head around the learning thermostat idea. The biggest feature to me is knowing if we are home...if not then cut the cooling or heating back. Other than that my schedules are where I want it. Pretty simple...If I am home have it this temp...if not, then let it get cooler or warmer depending on the season.

I have the Honeywell Smart Thermostat, the silver one...not the one you talk to. Got it for free since my Dad works for Honeywell. The web and app interface aren't fancy, but they provide the things I need. Ability to change the system, the schedules and receive alerts.

Wow, really, we're using the word "awful" to describe a product that's not even officially announced and has not but one leaked photo out in the wild? That's a little harsh of a judgement there...and especially for a tech blog that's supposed to embrace connected technology. At least wait until we know "something" about it.