Interesting post about Nest, the thermostat from the co-creator of the iPod, and more broadly about the so-called Apple-fication of other areas outside computing.
Nest is a very handsome device that has an impressive list of features that any household could use, mine included. I actually may buy one of these after the initial kinks are resolved. I’m assuming there are kinks, as with any new product. The iPod was that way; I recall the headphone jack on the original iPod Mini I bought my wife was bum on not one, but two separate blue models. The gray one we finally got as a replacement was fine.
So yeah, kinks exist.
The first thing you’ll notice from the comparison of Nest to other high-end thermostats on the market is its minimalism. Nothing but the temperature, a color to indicate heating/cooling and a dial. There’s a leaf too, which reminds me of what’s missing, namely all the glyphs you get on a thermostat display. Ever look at those closely especially in comparison to another brand of thermostat? Absolutely no consistency, meaning you have to wing it or break out the manual.
Anyway, generally speaking, this type of Apple-fication trends design toward minimalism and simplicity, which is good.
Contrast this to the discussion about the skeuomorphism and vaguely patronizing nature of Apple’s software design trends I posted yesterday. John (@empoprises) pointed out a much more detailed and insightful post on skeuomorphism that is worth a read.
Jony Ive’s industrial design chops create beautiful, minimalist hardware, and generally, the software is complimentary. At some point, the delight turns cloying.
Anyway, loosely coupled items. Discuss.