Veteran of the home automation and central heating market
Honeywell has launched a smart thermostat to challenge Google-owned Nest.
The Honeywell Lyric
works in conjunction with your phone to automatically deliver
heating and cooling depending on whether or not you’re home. Rather
than rely on learning your behaviour like Nest’s thermostat, the
Lyric’s smart ability is based on geofencing. By accessing the
location data on your phone, the Lyric will know when you are near
your house and will start to prepare the temperature so that you
are comfortable when you arrive home. Similarly, it will notice
when you leave the house and automatically turn off the heating to
help you save money.
Obviously the Lyric is compatible with multiple smartphones and
tablets in order that it can it respond to a whole family’s needs
as they come and go. Honeywell notes, fairly enough, that families
don’t tend to operate on a fixed schedule and will therefore
require their thermostat to respond to the unpredictable nuances of
their lives rather than just their habits.
A compatible iOS and Android app allows you to control your
thermostat from pretty much anywhere. Through the app you’ll
receive updates on your heating system, including information about
whether filters need to be changed or whether the temperature has
shot up too high or dropped too low.
There is an event-based scheduling option that can adjust
settings so they are suitable for a range of different situations
including “sleep” and “party”. The Lyric can also factor indoor and
outdoor temperature, humidity and weather into its algorithm in
order to make your house the ideal temperature.
In terms of design, it is impossible to ignore the fact that the
Lyric is remarkably similar to Nest’s learning thermostat. It’s a
sleek rounded device with silver and white accents and a minimalist
interface. A nice touch is that on the central circular display
panel, the Lyric will display a weather forecast for the 12 hours
ahead. A proximity sensor will bring up the interface when someone
approached the thermostat, displaying the current temperature and
the heating or cooling status. When the Lyric makes temperature
adjustments it will momentarily emit a colourful halo of light –
orange for heating, blue for cooling and green for any energy
The Lyric will go on sale for $279 (£166) online from
Honeywell’s website at the end August.
10 June 2014 | 3:28 pm – Source: wired.co.uk