On the Spark blog, the Spark Team explains how, in response to Google buying Nest, decided to build their own open-source Nest thermostat. I love this part: they're not claiming to "have matched the Nest thermostat in a day" but that "every polished product starts as a rough prototype."
Earlier this week, Google bought Nest, a connected devices company, for $3.2 billion. This might seem like an ungodly sum for a company that makes thermostats and smoke detectors, but it makes absolute sense. Nests products are beautifully designed, their team is overflowing with talent, and they were the first company to figure out what the Internet of Things means to consumers and deliver products that people actually want.
But in order to do this, Nest had to spend millions of dollars on R&D to build the basic infrastructure behind the product. The high cost made it impossible for anyone but the extremely well-capitalized to enter the market and create connected things.
Well, we want to change that. At Spark, were making it easier to bring connected devices to market with the Spark Core, our Wi-Fi development kit, and the Spark Cloud, our cloud service for connected devices. And to prove it, we built our own approximation of the Nest Learning Thermostat in one day and weve open sourced everything. In this process, weve come to respect the incredible technical challenges that Nest has solved while also coming to understand how much the game has changed since they first started.
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