While Jonny Ive gets most of the credit for the design of the iPod and the iPhone–and rightly so–Tony Fadell was the guy who helped develop the guts of both those devices. A couple of years ago, he quit apple and founded Nest, a company dedicated to bringing high tech innovation to unsexy devices.
Nest’s two big hits have been a smart thermostat for the house and some smart smoke detectors that, unlike the standard units we see in houses, won’t go off when you even think of making toast. Both look great and work brilliantly.
Yesterday it was announced that Nest was purchased by Google for $3.2 billion. Tony will stay with the company, meaning that the guy who helped come up with both the iPod and the iPhone is now working for Google, Apple’s mortal enemy.
This should be interesting, no? More at Business Insider.