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US008918219B2
(12) United States Patent
(10) Patent No.:
Sloo et al.
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US 8,918,219 B2
(45) Date of Patent:
USER FRIENDLY INTERFACE FOR
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*Dec. 23, 2014
References Cited
CONTROL UNIT
U.S. PATENT DOCUMENTS
(75) Inventors: David Sloo, Menlo Park, CA (US);
Anthony Michael Fadell, Portola Valley,
2,558,648 A
6/1951 Gausmann
CA (US); Matthew Lee Rogers, Los
4,316,577 A
2/1982 Adams et a1.
Gatos, CA (US); Michael Plitkins,
Berkeley, CA (US); Michael James
(Continued)
Matas, San Francisco, CA (US); Fred
FOREIGN PATENT DOCUMENTS
Bould, Menlo Park, CA (US)
(73) Assignee: Google Inc., Mountain View, CA (US)
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Subject to any disclaimer, the term of this
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Machine Translation of EP 1184804 B1.*
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Primary Examiner * Charles Kasenge
Prior Publication Data
US 2012/0203379 A1
Agent, or Fzrm * Kllpatrlck Townsend &
Aug. 9, 2012
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simple and elegant fashion. The current temperature and set
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point are graphically displayed as prominent tick marks. Dif
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ferent colors and intensities can be displayed to indicate cur
rently active HVAC functions and an amount of heating or
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A user-friendly programmable thermostat is described that
can be rotated and pressed inwardly to provide user input in a
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ABSTRACT
includes a central electronic display surrounded by a ring that
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cooling required to reach a target temperature. The setpoint
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can be altered by user rotation of the ring. The schedule can be
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displayed and altered by virtue of rotations and inward press
ings of the ring. Initial device set up and installation, the
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viewing of device operation, the editing of various settings,
and the viewing of historical energy usage information are
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made simple and elegant by virtue of the described form
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Field of Classi?cation Search
factor, display modalities, and user input modalities of the
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See application ?le for complete search history.
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513
It takes a few
minutes to set
up Nest.
516
Press to:
Setup steps:
Internet connection
518
Heating and cooling
Your location
Your home
Press to continue
click
Connect for remote
?. ,,
COHtFOL automath
'P
updates, and local weathe
information.
Select
Press to:
CONNECT
Select
“C ONNE C T”
t
(90 0 screen
520
You can connect
522
at any time from
your Nest thermostat’s
Setup steps:
settings
CliCk
,, .
Your heatlng and cooling
Press to:
09'?
Your location
CONTINUE
fle
Your home
CONTINUE
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524
530
i'e‘NetworkZ
3 Network3
526
click
\—-V
TYPE NAME
DO NOT CONNECT
SCAN AGAIN
Network,
internet
534
Enter
password
and server
Active
connection
successful
‘5 Network2
532
account7
GO to
“1'! Connecting
screen
552
Seat"er
ctonneCted
o nes .com
to Wi-Fi
network
N etworkz
Could not
“coin
536
flip ”
connect to
}
network
\
/
Network
connected,
537
Setup steps:
538
0 Internet connection
Heating and cooling
Your |ocation
Your home
but no
Could not connect
to Network2
Do you want to run
Network tests?
connection to
server
(screen 544)
Select “SKIP”
goto screen
542
If update
is required
then goto/
screen
548
Network error: N7
Visit nest.com for details
on resolving network
problems
CONTINUE
Select\
“TES
T”
540
Testing network.
522
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“NETWORK”
- re-scan for
546
networks and
544
0 o to screen
Could not reach
nest.com
Do you want to try
C/iCk
Connected locally to
a different network?
\V
The Wi-Fi
network Network2
NETWORK
CONTINUE
SKIP
\
Select “SKIP”
go to screen
[update required]
522
[during reboot]
548
Updating Nest.
550
This will take up to
10 minutes.
549
Restarting Nest
6
Back in a bit
7a. 0..
554
Adding to
[email protected]
[only if connected
and the service says
there is an account here:]
mailhOSt-Com
More than 1
-:
552
thermostat on
this account?
Go to screen
/Svelect
558
/
Do you want to
Add Nest to
Added this Nest to
[email protected]
Only 1
mailhost.com
DO N’T ADD
on account?
Go to screen
568
CONTINUE
mailhost.com?
thermostat
FIG. 5C
[email protected]
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558
Living Room is
Select
“COPY”
also connected
towant
nest.com
Do you
to copy its
561
/
.
settings?
{1- Copying settings
from your existing
562
COPY SETTINGS
DO NOT COPY
Nest thermostat
Name this
Thermostat:
[business]
mm
564
Hallway
_
Living room
Bedroom
563
Name ""8
Thermostat:
Upstairs
.IED
Downstairs
Select
Of?ce
“TYPE
M ain
NAM
”
TYPE NAME
[paired]
570
Choose to continue
or to review:
J lntemet and nest.com
Heating and cooling
[not paired]
568
[learning is on]
Choose to continue
or to review:
566
Do you want to
Copy the schedule from
The other thermostat?
COPY SCHEDULE
DO NOT COPY
4 Internet connection
Heating and cooling
,_
\f‘Q
as.
\>
[not connected]
.
Choose to cont'nue
.
or to reVIew:
- Internet connection
Heating and cooling
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9
g]
578
® Y1 cooling wire
579
[Wiring Error]
detected
No cooling system
580
Equipment
present
detected
CONTI N UE
Click
582
No power
wires detected
584
An Rh or Rc wire is
required.
Con?rm that your
heating or cooling
system is connected
properly.
{Ii-shutting down
FIG. 5E
585
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586
Choose to continue
Select
or to review:
“Your
\llnternet and nest.com
locatlon
a few simple questions
4 Heatin o andcooling
\
so Nest can create a
.
W
,,
Please answer
atlon
starting schedule
CONTINUE
Click
590
What is your
location?
592
What is your
ZIP code?
CANADA
\.
e - - - -
Rotate
ring and
click
594
What is your
ZIP code?
96475
596
CONTINUE
CHANGE
Set the current
time and date
21,2011
10:17AM
Paci?c
Daylight Time
FIG. 5F
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600
602
Choose to continue
or to review:
Is this a home
or a business?
Select
“YOUR
Jlntemet and nest.com
4 Heating and cooling
4 Your location
Your home
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\J
BUSINESS
Select
“HOME”
ls someone usuaIIy
60
4
Select
“BUSINESS”
/
IS
bUSineSS open
home at noon?
eveni"9$?
|s eve W bod Y usua"y
Is this business open
in bed by 11 PM?
Is there more than one
Saturdays?
606 <
_
_
thermostat in the
Is thls buslness open
home?
Sundays?
[Only ask this last
question if didn’t
discover another Nest
Is there more than on
thermostat previously,
thermostat in this
see
\
608
[Only ask this last
question if didn’t
N am 6 this
discover another Nest
_
thermostat previously,
Thermostat.
see FIG. 5D]
“-
Select
Hallway
“TYPE
Living room
Bedroom
607
business?
Upstairs
Downstairs
TYPE NAME
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Wis connected]
610
Do you have
electric heat?
NO — GAS or OIL
YES — ELECTRIC
IDON’TKNOW
620
Setup steps:
4 lntemet and nest.com
612
4 Heating and cooling
Do you have
~lYour location
forced-air heating?
JYour home
FORCED AIR
NOT FORCED AIR
I DON’T KNOW
Click L
614
Nest needs to
test your heat pump.
This might take 15 min.
/
622
Installed:
heat pump heating
auxiliary heating
heat pump cooling
CONTINUE
fan
CONTINUE
Testing
heat pump
616
5min
FIG. 65
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630
_
ngli'::ll:sstt?:::$
preferred temperature
Click
Should Nest
A
start
lheating
or
coo In
our
hongé
and schedule.
CONTINUE
HEATING
COOLING
Select
“HEA TING/
What’s the
644
energy-saving
low temperature
Select
“COOLING
646
you would like —
wh|le you are away?
@
N
What,s the
energy-saving
low temperature
What’s the
energysaving
you would llke — 9
whlle you are away .
high temperature
636
63
you would like —
while you are away?
m
CHANGE
648
What’s the
\
638
energy-saving
low temperature
you would like —
What’s the
while you are away?
energy-saving
you would like —
gez
IE1];
while you are away?
CHANGE
high temperature
640
What’s the
energy-saving
high temperature
you would like —
while you are away?
so
IE1];
584
IEEIJI
CHANGE
Creating your
comfort schedule
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Choose to continue
or to review:
Jlntemet and nest.com
4 Heating and cooling
4 Your location
Select
“TEMPERA TURE”
652
Should Nest
start heating or
cooling your
home?
Select
COOLING
or “HEA TING ”
654
What are the
lowest and highest
temperatures you’d like
when you are away?
HEAT TO
COOL TO
FIG. 6D
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