1. Akshay Masand's Avatar

    The former Apple executive Tony Fadell recently took the covers off of his company’s newest intelligent home product, a smoke and carbon monoxide detector dubbed “Nest Protect.” The Nest Protect joins the company alongside the well-received Nest Learning Thermostat which was unveiled in the past.

    According to the company, it chose a smoke detector as the follow-up to its successful thermostat because the current generation of devices often annoy homeowners and renters into disabling them all together, decreasing safety dramatically. Nest cited a study by the National Fire Protection Agency that found 73% of smoke detectors which failed to activate during a fire did not do so because their batteries were dead, missing, or disconnected, with false alarms cited as the most prominent reason for disabling the detectors.

    In addition to detecting smoke and carbon monoxide, which is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas that is toxic to people and pets, the Nest Protect features several user experience innovations. The device will produce a spoken warning as opposed to a shrill alarm, if it detects levels of smoke or carbon monoxide that are considered below emergency levels, for instance. The warnings can be silence by simply waving one’s arm from within about eight feet of the Nest Protect.

    Similar to the Nest Learning Thermostat, the Nest Protect connects to Nest’s cloud service via WiFi can be monitored and configured with an iOS application. If a particular location has several Nest Protect units, they can communicate with each other even if WiFi isn’t working to deliver emergency warnings throughout the area. Nest demonstrates this by showing a Nest Protect in a couple’s living room broadcasting an alert that smoke has been detected in their bedroom.

    What is a bit more interesting is that the Nest Protect also communicates with the Nest Learning Thermostat. In the event of a carbon monoxide warning, the Nest Protect will instruct the thermostat to shut down a home’s gas furnace. Additionally, the Nest Learning Thermostat can leverage the Nest Protect’s built-in activity sensor to enhance and extend its own capabilities.

    The device is similar in size and shape to Apple’s previous generation AirPort Extreme and it comes in two versions, battery powered and wired, and will be available at launch in both black and white. It can be pre-ordered for $129.

    What do you think of the device?

    Source: Nest

    Twitter: @AkshayMasand
    2013-10-09 09:39 AM
  2. hitman10's Avatar
    at least the annnoying alarm will wake me up instead of "fire in bedroom".
    2013-10-09 10:13 AM
  3. Shady6's Avatar
    It also has the alarm...
    2013-10-09 12:32 PM
  4. 2k1's Avatar
    Gonna buy two of them and check em out.
    2013-10-09 01:41 PM
  5. bigboyz's Avatar
    Very nice. Keep up the great innovation!
    2013-10-09 02:39 PM
  6. buggsy2's Avatar
    Our two story house has 6 smoke/CO detectors. At over $100 each, I don't think so.
    2013-10-09 06:06 PM
  7. novadam's Avatar
    off the top of my head, I count 9 in my house (they are hard wired all over the place). That's over $1100 before tax. I'll pass.
    2013-10-09 06:15 PM
  8. Striknine's Avatar
    Sounds like a great device. Not sure the price point is where it needs to be to become a hot commodity. As long as the cheaper detectors do their job, Nest will really need to convince customers they need to spend the extra money. How many people own the thermostat?
    2013-10-09 07:11 PM
  9. novadam's Avatar
    I have two v2 nest thermostats that I'm too lazy to put on eBay. I should do that.
    2013-10-10 04:20 PM
  10. buggsy2's Avatar
    What did you not like about them?
    2013-10-10 04:34 PM
  11. novadam's Avatar
    it wasn't that I didn't like them. I LOVED them. but we replaced our HVAC system with carrier infinity systems, which have their own wifi t-stats. they're clunkier than the nest, but they control variable speed fans, which the nest doesn't do (yet).
    2013-10-18 03:35 PM