Tony Fadell is fired up the first time I meet him.

The man who created the iPod and guided the first three iPhones through production has come to the Verge offices to show us his newest product, and though we’re just sitting in our modest conference room, he’s building up an introduction worthy of Steve Jobs himself: there’s scorn for an existing broken market and examples of laughable competitive products, all while my eyes are drawn to whatever is under the black cover on the large wooden box he’s set on the table. Finally, he stops and removes the cover with the same obvious delight he must have felt when Jobs introduced the first iPod, almost exactly 10 years ago.

He is showing me a thermostat.