Google unveils the new Nest Thermostat with a Soli presence sensor for $129
Google on Monday introduced a new Nest Thermostat, and it’s available starting today for just $129. The device is a simpler take on Google’s previous Nest thermostats, but that doesn’t mean the device isn’t smart. In addition to monitoring your heating and cooling system, the new Nest Thermostat features Soli technology for motion sensing.
One of the biggest changes in the new Nest Thermostat is the design. This version features 49% recycled post-consumer plastic, and there’s no rotating dial, something that’s been present in previous models. Instead, there’s a touch sensitive strip on the right side, which you can use to adjust the temperature. The device also features a mirrored finish and a display that is easily readable when the device is being used.
Google has also included Soli radar technology, which will allow the thermostat to detect when you’re standing in front of it. There are no gesture-based controls, however, like previous rumors speculated. That’s strange considering the previously-touted uses of the technology and the fact that a simple passive infrared sensor could have done the job for presence sensing. It’s possible we’ll see a firmware update add support for gesture controls, though we can only speculate at this point.
To reduce costs, some of the software has been pared-down. Google said the new Nest Thermostat doesn’t have a learning function, so temperatures will need to be set manually when you’re home and away. It does, however, offer scheduling and will proactively suggest small optimizations to help you save energy in your home.
You’ll be able to control the device through the Google Home app on your smartphone. The device also supports voice control via Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. There’s a geolocation mode as well, which will automatically trigger an Eco mode, so you can conserve energy while you’re away. It’ll also monitor your HVAC, so if there are any issues, you’ll know right away.
The new Nest Thermostat comes in four colors: Snow, Charcoal, Sand, and Fog. Google is also offering a $14.99 Trim Kit, which is designed to cover any imperfections on the wall in perfectly matched Nest Thermostat colors. If you’re unsure if your home is compatible with the new smart thermostat, you can check Google’s online Compatibility Checker.
You can preorder the device starting today for $129, with availability in the coming weeks.