2012: Nest Learning Thermostat (2nd Generation)
Thermostats shouldn't be sexy, or impressive. The Nest happens to be both. Its stark, aluminum-and-touchscreen design fits beautifully into nearly any home decor. And its ability to learn your heating and cooling habits over time, as well as to detect when the home is empty (and energy usage can be scaled back) was exciting, even before Nest started syncing up with a growing stable of other smart home products.
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