Honeywell is the name that’s more likely than not on your thermostat. They have a virtual monopoly on the market in that only competitors they allow to exist (for appearances) can continue to exist. They’ve locked their industry up over the years using overly-broad patents and heavy-handed lawsuits.
Their a bully. A lazy, fat-from-profit, bully. Throwing their weight around in court against a promising upstart.
I don’t own a Nest Thermostat, I don’t own a house. But I’m excited about anyone bringing innovation and a user-first design aesthetic to stodgy or archaic industries. Current thermostats stink, and Nest is a breathe of fresh air. It’s possible that Honeywell will win, but it’ll be sad if they do.
If you own a home, and definitely if you’re a heavy iOS user, I’d suggest looking into the Nest. It’s a great first step in a user-friendly connected home.