Just in case the Nest thermostat didn’t make the company popular enough, Nest has a host of new options coming. Nest Labs just announced plans to revamp some thermostat software and add two new products to its lineup.
The biggest news is the introduction of the Nest Cam (pictured left), a new 1080p security camera. The company isn’t planning to ditch support for the old Dropcam and Dropcam Pro just yet. In fact, they are adding both to the Nest app (which we’ll get to in a minute). However, the new WiFi-enabled Nest Cam is sleeker looking, with a new magnetic base, options for wall-mounting, and most importantly, better video.
Like the Dropcam, the Nest Cam can be viewed over an app or the web. It boasts security via a 2048-bit RSA key and a 128-bit SSL connection. One interesting perk is that the Nest Cam has sensors that can determine between sunlight and flashlight, so the camera won’t get confused and deliver false alerts. Other features include eight infrared LEDs for night vision, motion detection, and integration with YouTube users that will deliver live streaming content. Nest is also planning to launch a subscription-based service that will give Nest Cam users access to video history, highlights, clips and timelapses, advanced motion sensing, and Activity Zones. The latter can create zones around particular areas of interest, such as the door.
Along with the Nest Cam, the company is launching the second-gen Nest Protect (pictured below). Like the older model, this one will speak to you when there’s a problem. However, the new version of the smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarm is smaller than its predecessor and can fit more flush against the ceiling or wall. Other features include a brighter Pathlight, a Split-Spectrum Sensor for assessing fast- and slow-burning fires, and a monthly “Sound Check.”
Also worth mentioning is that the Nest Protect has a few interesting app features. First, you can test the alarm once a month from the Nest app, checking the power, WiFi connection, sensors and alarms. Even more interesting, the app allows you to silence the Nest Protect from your phone. That way, you won’t have to worry about accidentally silencing the device in case of an emergency, but can also easily turn it off once you have that bacon mishap under control.
The Nest Protect has also added something called the Nightly Promise, which ensures that your batteries will make it through the night without that dreaded “chirp.” If the sensors are emitting a green glow, you’re good to go. If you see yellow, you may want to think about changing batteries before hitting the pillow.
Last, but not least, check the Nest website to see if you are eligible for Nest Safety Rewards with your insurance company. This new program may score you a lower premium or other perks.
Next, know that the company is also planning to spruce up the Nest thermostat. The new Nest Learning Thermostat software 4.5 will add features to both the first- and second-generation products, as well as integration with the Nest Protect. The biggest feature is that the Nest thermostat will now send messages if your home gets too cold or too hot. In the winter, you can avoid the nightmare of frozen pipes. In the summer, you won’t have to worry about that vinyl collection melting—or having the family pet suffer.
The Nest Protect integration includes the option for smoke and CO alerts right on the thermostat. Also, in case of an emergency, the Nest thermostat and Nest Protect will work together to shut off forced air heating/cooling systems in the home. There’s also a new option to control up to 20 thermostats in one home, all from within the Nest app.
Speaking of which: Nest is launching a redesigned Nest app 5.0 for Android and iOS devices. This brings all three Nest products (the thermostat, the Nest Protect and the Dropcam) together for the first time. It also has a new look, easier functionality, a home screen with icons for each product, and the option to show live previews of each Nest Cam. As mentioned, it even: provides access to the Safety Checkup and App Silence for Nest Protect users. If you have the Nest Cam or a Dropcam, you can tap into zoom and enhance features, Nest Aware with Video History subscriptions, and more.
“At Nest, we always wanted to build more than a thermostat,” said Tony Fadell, Nest’s chief executive officer. “Our vision was to create a thoughtful home—a home that takes care of itself and the people in it. Five years later, all the pieces are in place. We’ve built a portfolio of best-in-class products that each stand on their own while doing more together. More than 9,000 developer partners are using the Works with Nest developer program to help seamlessly integrate everything from washers and dryers to cars with our thermostat, smoke alarm and camera. And we’re working with energy and insurance partners to bring more value to our shared customers. Nest products are used in 190+ countries, across multiple platforms, and available wherever people shop. The result? Energy saved, lives spared, and countless memories recorded and shared.”
The Nest 5.0 app and new Nest thermostat features are rolling out now. The Nest Cam is also available now, priced at $199. The camera can be purchased alone or with options for a 10-day video history ($100 per year) or 30 days ($300 per year). The Nest Protect is available at the pre-order price of $99, with shipments coming next month.