Remember back in January when Google bought the Nest thermostat for a cool $3.2 billion? It was another revolutionary tool in "The Internet of Things." Google thought that it had the run of the market. Until now.
Honeywell has stepped onto the scene, and they are not backing down. The Nest challenger, called the Honeywell Lyric, claims to do everything the Nest can do and more.
The Lyric thermostat is similar in design to the Nest, probably because Honeywell first designed a round thermostat back in 1953. So it's no surprise that Honeywell has been suing Google over the Nest's round design ever since it made its debut on the market.
What really makes the Lyric stand out is the compatibility it has with its environment, not to mention the ease of use.
"It incorporates a slew of ingenious automation features to minimize the amount of time you have to spend fiddling with the A/C, features like variable-range geofencing, for example. By installing the associated app on your smart phone or tablet (either iOS or Android), the system can track your location and heat up your house before you get home from work or turn down the heat when you leave in the morning. The system can also be controlled by multiple apps, allowing the system to know both when everybody or specific family members have left the home."
This is perfect for the people that forget to adjust the thermostat before leaving the house. And did I mention that because the Lyric can connect to Internet, it can also display and adjust the temperature according to the forecast?
What do you think of the Lyric design?
There are also a slew of other handy and cost-effective features, including Lyric sending push notifications through the app to your phone when it's time to change the A/C filters. The app will be made available on iTunes and the Android app market when the Lyric is released for retail.
The Honeywell Lyric will be available for retail beginning in August 2014. The starting price will be $270 for a single thermostat.
You can find out more about the Honeywell Lyric by clicking here.