Honeywell's Smart Thermostat 'Lyric' Uses Geo-Fences to Cool Your Home

Honeywell Lyric Honeywell has played around with a variety of connected thermostats, and even offered a Wi-Fi option that let people set the temperature using voice commands, but Tuesday it launched its first “smart” thermostat that will control your comfort based on a series of algorithms. The Lyric thermostat costs $279 and will be available in August. While the Lyric thermostat is easily pegged as Honeywell’s answer to the Nest thermostat, which launched in 2011 and saw its parent company bought earlier this year by Google for $3.2 billion, it is a bit different. The thermostat doesn’t aim to “learn” a home inhabitants’ habits in order to set the temperature, as the Nest does. Instead it uses geo-fencing to set the temps. When someone is home as judged by the person’s cell phone, it optimizes for comfort, and when people leave the house, it optimizes for energy savings.

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