Computer Equipment

Nest Learning Thermostat, 2nd Generation

The Nest Learning Thermostat, 2nd Generation frees users from the hassle of programming a thermostat while providing the conservation benefits of a programmed device. It accomplishes this by creating a customized temperature schedule and a built-in activity sensor that automatically shuts the thermostat down when no one is home. Every time the users change the temperature, the Nest Learning Thermostat learns and anticipates the appropriate preferences based on people’s habits. When no one is home, the built-in activity sensors recognize this and promptly turns off the heat or air conditioning. When users adjust the temperature, Nest informs them how long it will take to reach that target so that they are always informed of the amount of energy expended by their choices. With this information, users are enabled to make more conservation-friendly choices.

In the United States, thermostats control approximately 50 percent of the energy consumption in the average home. A programmable thermostat like the Nest can reduce a typical annual energy bill by as much as 20 percent. In 2011, Nest launched the first-generation Nest Learning Thermostat, disrupting an industry that had seen little innovation in decades. The response was immediate and overwhelming, with consumers enthusiastically embracing the new programmable thermostat.

The challenge for the second-generation project was to make it even better. In addition to making the Nest Learning Thermostat, 2nd Generation compatible with 95 percent of all heating and cooling systems, it was designed to be thinner and use better materials, to offer improved sensing functionality and to be easier to install. The user experience begins with the simple and quick installation process. A 15-minute installation time is not unusual. In fact, a number of YouTube videos show children installing Nest.

The spirit of the design of the Nest Learning Thermostat, 2nd Generation is embodied by the head unit: a svelte circular form factor that presents a refreshingly simple concentric user interface. Turn the ring to adjust the temperature and press any part of the lens assembly to select. The color display is slightly magnified by the optically polished lens. A proprietary occupancy sensor sits underneath the display. Viewed from more than a few feet, this element disappears, blending with the display lens surface. The Nest harmonizes visually within the home. The head unit ring is solid turned stainless steel. While attractive on its own, the true function of this finish is to reflect the color of the surrounding wall. This is Nest’s chameleon effect, which helps Nest become a part of the user’s home.

IDEA Gold was just the beginning for this amazing design. It also took home the People's Choice and Sustainability awards. Find out more here.


Designed by Nest Labs and Fred Bould of Bould Design

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Duet Fabric Care System and Dreamspace

Whirlpool has created large capacity, front-loading washer and dryers, using the largest drum opening in the industry. The washer drum is tilted to improve washing performance and accessibility. Hand washables cycle allows silks to be washed at home. The Duet Fabric Car System and Dreamspace uses 67% less water compared to convention washers.

"The Duet System is an excellent example of design at its very best; it's an elegant solution to a very difficult business problem through the strategic application of design. Intelligent and well thought-through from end to end." -Brian Matt, IDSA, CEO, Altitude.

Contact: Tania Aldous, IDSA,
Whirlpool Corp., Global Consumer Design,

Credit: Whirlpool Corp., US and Italy

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Palm Zire Handheld Computer

Client: Palm, Inc.

Departing from the familiar PalmTM, the ZireTM was given a new shape and color, which would transcend the world market. Thinner and about 20% smaller by volume than a PalmTM m100, the ZireTM is portable and can go as long as a month on single charge of its rechargeable batteries. To save money, the new flip lid is a third of the cost as other PalmTM models. Great design benefits and price point; 90% of sales are first time buyers.

"The PalmTM ZireTM impressed with its attention to detail and it elegant simplicity (particularly for an entry level product). The Zire'sTM appearance conveys a quite, calm, Zen-like aesthetic that is normally reserved for products selling at twice its cost. Simplifying the user interface, reducing its thickness, size and weight, and incorporating a power source that can go as long as a month on a single charge all contributes to making the PalmTM ZireTM highly desirable." -Jim Couch, IDSA, Principal, Substance.

Contact: Josh Morenstein,
newdealdesign, LLC,

Credit: newdealdesign, LLC and Palm, Inc.