I've said before that the next Steve Jobs would be in energy, not in information technology, but I had no idea that day would arrive quite so soon. As filmmaker and design critic John Pavlus reports at Fast Company, Tony Fadell, who invented the iPod, is working on a thermostat as intuitive and potentially revolutionary as … well, as an iPod. The key to Nest Labs' new smart thermostat is its simplicity. Unlike all other comparable systems on the market, which require that a user literally program in his or her preferences while optimizing for energy use, this thermostat has but one …
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