The man known as the “godfather” of the iPod has invested his energy in a home appliance: a thermostat.
Mr Fadell has now revealed his efforts went into the Learning Thermostat.
The smart device adjusts the temperature based on the presence of people and their habits.
It can “learn” about a house’s cooling and heating patterns to optimise its performance, and adjust itself to the weather conditions.
Mr Faddell said the device could cut 20 to 30% off the average household’s energy bill.
He said it is also possible to control the $249 (£156) thermostat remotely via a smartphone app.
The price is around fifteen times higher than what basic thermostats sell for in the US.
“You don’t hire a crack team to build a product. You hire them to build a company”
There are also alternative “smart” models on the market.
A Canadian firm Ecobee produces web-connected programmable “green” thermostats.
But according to Mr Fadell’s company, Nest, the Learning Thermostat is more user-friendly, and has the advantage of being able to “observe” household members and their surroundings.
Using a motion sensor, it can detect whether or not anyone is home – and if the house or flat is empty, it goes into the energy-saving mode by turning down the heater or air conditioner.
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