It sounds like it would be fun to create a smart home, but at the same time, it can also be an expensive project. After all, a lot of these smart gadgets cost hundreds of dollars, and it can quickly add up. However, Google is hoping to make it a bit easier because according to a report from Bloomberg, the company could actually be developing a more affordable Nest Thermostat.
This rumored device is said to be priced at $129 which makes it a steal compared to other versions. For context, the Nest Thermostat is priced at around $249, although there is a cheaper model called the Nest Thermostat E which is priced at $169, so at $129, it really does make it a pretty affordable gadget for those looking to make their homes a bit smarter.
While it might be quick to assume that the cheaper price point would mean that there would be less features, and we’re not saying that it won’t, it seems that this particular thermostat could come with gesture controls that the other devices do not. Apparently this will be similar to the gesture controls one can find in the Google Pixel 4, meaning that users will be able to wave their hands in front of the device to interact with it.
This could actually be immensely useful, especially in our current situation where it’s probably not a good idea to touch a bunch of surfaces to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. There’s no word on when this device will launch, but Bloomberg notes that it should be announced in the coming weeks.