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"...However, the problem with brands like Crestron, Savant, Control4, all of the old incumbents in this space is the same issue that plagues Microsoft, BlackBerry, Nokia, and many businesses in the technology sector: they have legacy products, services, and protocols that they can’t–or aren’t willing to–break. Their entire business is built on selling you inflexible solutions that can only be set up with third-party contractors and don’t allow you to buy, install, or customize anything yourself. At the end of the day, what you’re left with is a really expensive home automation system that’s incredibly limited."
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“My definition of success is to go to a zero remote control environment. I want to stop the madness of having a dozen different remote controls on the coffee table. Even though many of them have been replaced by smartphone apps, it still is silly.”
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Now those that had been enjoying the DZ API for years can also control their Nests :)

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And the reality is even simpler than that:

- 0°C - water freezes
- 10°C - need a sweater
- 20...25°C - comfortable
- 30°C - hot
- 40°C - scorching hot
- 50+°C - Arizona :)
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"Following Google's recent acquisition a team of engineers at Spark sat down and roughed out a prototype for an open source version of Nest. It looks surprisingly good for such a short development cycle, and they've posted their code on Github. The article has a number of short videos illustrating the technology they used, and how they used it. Quoting: 'All in, we spent about $70 on components to put this together (including $39 for the Spark Core); the wood and acrylic were free. We started working at 10am and finished at 3am, with 3.5 engineers involved (one went to bed early), and the only work we did in advance was order the electronic components. We're not saying that you can build a $3.2 billion company in a day. But we are saying that you can build a $3.2 billion company, and it's easier now than it's ever been before.'"
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"Google is currently testing a web-connected thermostat, similar to the popular Nest Thermostat, according to The Information. The device would display energy usage details, and allow user's to control it from a web app. This actually marks the second time Google has ventured into home energy, after their PowerMeter web app that was shut down in 2011. Web connected devices could allow Google access to a treasure trove of data on people's daily habits and routines."
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Alternative using a stepper: http://www.instructables.com/id/Arduino-controlled-automated-blinds-with-Web-UI/

Replace temperature sensor with DZ connector (a dry contact such as XBee or 1-Wire controlled relay will do) - and you have integration.
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If you use the Z-Wave wireless protocol for home automation then you might prepare to have your warm, fuzzy, happiness bubble burst; there will be several presentations about attacking the automated house...
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When your heart works fine, you don't notice it. You don't have to notice your home's climate, either.
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Create as many climates in your home as you never thought imaginable. Control temperature, humidity and ventilation. Do it on the schedule. Have everything measured and recorded. Do it from anywhere.