The Nest has certainly garnered quite a following, with its easy-to-use, web-enabled thermostat. Now, the company is looking to branch out into security.
Nest Labs just announced the Nest Protect: Smoke + Carbon Monoxide alarm. The idea behind the new product is that it doesn’t just trigger some ear-piercing alarm, but can actually identify the problem and even speak to you.
The Nest Protect packs several sensors into its tiny, square package. That lineup includes a photoelectric smoke sensor, a CO sensor, a heat sensor, a light sensor, ultrasonic sensors and an activity sensor.
Another nifty perk is that it’s easy to disarm. In other words, you no longer have to open windows and wave towels while making bacon. Instead, just give the Nest Protect a little wave and it will silence the Heads-Up warning before it alerts the entire block.
Of course, like the Nest thermostat, Nest Protect integrates with your mobile devices to send out alarms, as well as reminders when the system’s batteries are running low. Other features include a built-in nightlight, vocal alarms, and support for multiple languages. Also, if you have more than one Nest Protect, they’ll connect so you can hear those alarms from anywhere in the home—even if the danger is only in one room. It can even link up to your Nest thermostat, so that in the event of an emergency, your gas furnace will go off.
“Safety shouldn’t be annoying,” says Matt Rogers, Nest founder and vice president of engineering. “It was unacceptable to us that almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in properties without working smoke alarms. These products are required by law and are supposed to keep us safe, yet people hate them. We wanted to change that, so we created Nest Protect: Smoke + Carbon Monoxide.”
The Nest Protect: Smoke + Carbon Monoxide will be available in wired (120V) and battery-powered versions, in both white and black. It’s scheduled to start selling sometime in November, with an MSRP of $129. A version of Nest Protect that will be compatible with wired security systems is expected to be available in early 2014.
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