I have wittered on before about how consciousness of the amount of energy we use can help us to manage our energy use more efficiently. And so I was intrigued to hear that the man who invented the iPod (No, not Steve Jobs) has a new project to re-invent the humble room thermostat. The Nest is a stylish object and brings those famous Apple design values to the fore. It foreswears the complex programming capabilities of previous conceptions, and boldly claims to learn what you want.
I have no idea if this kind of thing will make a difference, or even if it will work! But then I am appalling at visualising the future. I remember thinking ‘so what?’ when the iPod was launched. But despite my scepticism, the iPod did change a multi-billion dollar industry. Looking at the Nest I again feel sceptical, but I must admit it is at least conceivable that perhaps the NEST could change another – empowering the people on Earth who use the most, to use less.