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Smart Thermostats: Honeywell Challenges Nest with Lyric Smart Thermostat

Jun 16 2014, 6:02am CDT | by , in News | Technology News

Smart Thermostats: Honeywell Challenges Nest with Lyric Smart Thermostat
Honeywell Lyric
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Two smart thermostats, Google's Nest and Apple HomeKit partner Honeywell's Lyric are in competition with each other.

Totally interconnected homes, that have everything merging with everything else in a computerized framework, have been here for a while. But to really take things a step further, some efforts have been made recently that really rocked the boat. 

Apple and Google have been vying with each other in this game of one-upmanship. Whereas Apple has its HomeKit, Google is the owner of Nest. However, a third party has entered the equation: Honeywell

This is a giant company that has brought out its own Lyric Thermostat to stand in opposition to Nest. Worth $279, this cooling-heating regulator is Wi-Fi-based. 

"Your life doesn't follow a set schedule. So why should your thermostat? You can control the Lyric smart thermostat from anywhere, or let it manage your comfort and savings automatically, so there's no learning curve, no rigid scheduling—just comfort when you're home and energy savings when you're away," states Honeywell on its official Lyric page.

Basically, Lyric is an open challenge to Google’s Nest. And Lyric can be controlled via your smart phone so everything is as easy as apple pie. The home environment will be made absolutely cybernetic via this control instrument. And many other objects of desire are in the pipeline too. 

"We’ve designed [Lyric] to be mobile-first and DIY," says Beth Wozniak, president of Honeywell’s environmental and combustion control division. "The timing was right in terms of everyone having phones, multiple people in homes having phones, and everyone’s comfort level in using their phones to control their lifestyles."

Honeywell means well by introducing a home regulation and processing device. And the demand for such a product is high too since people are very busy and need everything to be in tiptop condition when they enter and leave their homes. 

"Our concept here was our homeowners and our consumers said, 'We want it to be simple on the wall,'" explains Wozniak. "'We don’t want to have to stand at the wall and enter in information and program it.'"

While Honeywell has come up with odds and ends of equipment time after time, this is its very first attempt at a serious contender. And it is giving Google’s Nest department a case of the heebie-jeebies. 

"Our concept here was our homeowners and our consumers said, 'We want it to be simple on the wall,'" explains Wozniak. "'We don’t want to have to stand at the wall and enter in information and program it.'"

Most importantly, it is a learning thermostat. What this means is that with the passage of time, it comes closer to the owner’s heart’s desire as far as performance and functionality is concerned. 

"The fact that you don’t even have to think about your temperature when you’re coming and going means that you don’t have to learn a schedule; you don’t have to program one in," says Wozniak.

The device is basically like a short cylinder or hockey puck and it has ten thousand features tightly packed within a limited space. In fact, it almost reminds one of an iPod in its simplicity that hides complexity behind it. 

The solid exterior is a cunning façade for some fine software and depth electronics/silicon gadgetry inside the cute little round attachable contraption. 

 

As for the temperature, it is a guarantee that it will be kept nice and toasty in winter and cool and crisp in summer thanks to this gadget. You can count on that.  

"In my world, when I work out, I like it 5 degrees cooler, because you’re naturally heating up," says Kevin Werich, a Lyric product manager. "We think of temperature not as much as that [numerical] value anymore." 

Source: The Verge

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