The thermostat with a brain is rolling out Nest Energy Services this summer, which will allow consumers to gain energy rebates at the flick of a switch, and even earn money from turning their air-con off. This is the Internet of Things at its best.
Tony Fadell invented the iPod. Okay, he didn't do it singlehandedly--but the former Apple executive conceived it, got Apple on board, and then went on to shepherd the development of 18 (!) generations of the company's signature pre-iPhone product. In 2008 he left Apple and several years later founded a stealth startup called Nest Labs, which was revealed this year to be in the... thermostat business. Wait, what?