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Smart Thermostat Company Nest Developing 'Protect' Smoke Detector

Nest, the company behind the iPhone-connected Nest Learning Thermostat, is working on developing a smoke detector, reports former Wall Street Journal journalist Jessica Lessin. While information is scarce on the smoke detector, it will presumably be controlled via an iPhone app similar to the Nest thermostat. According to AllThingsD, the product will be called "Protect."

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The device will be the technology company's latest trojan horse into your home, which it wants to make as easy to control as a computer or smartphone. Think of it as the next node in the home network Nest is building device by device with the original thermostat as the hub.
According to Lessin, the smoke detector will have a lot of "neat" features that go beyond traditional smoke detecting, including a possible subscription monitoring service to remotely alert users if smoke or fire is detected (AllThingsD disagrees, saying the product will not include a subscription service). It may also interact with the Nest thermostat and detect carbon monoxide.
One person said the device could communicate with the Nest thermostat, giving it a longer battery life by eliminating the need for it to have its own battery-draining wi-fi chip. We also hear that Nest has discussed features like the ability to silence the alarm by waving a hand in front of it and the ability to detect carbon monoxide.
iPhone-connected home devices have been growing in popularity in recent months. In addition to the Nest thermostat, there are a range of other iPhone-controlled products available, including the Philips Hue lighting system and a number of automatic locking systems like the Lockitron and the August Smart Lock.

Nest's current product, the Nest Learning Thermostat, can be purchased from the Apple Store and other retailers for $249. Though there's no prospective release date on the smoke detector, Lessin’s sources suggest that it could be released as early as this year.

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Posted: 8 months ago
What they should develop FIRST is a remote temperature sensor for the Nest -- something you could plug in in, say, your bedroom and then tell the Nest, "I want the temperature THERE to be [x]." My Nest is in my front hallway and while the temperature THERE gets to what I've set it to be, my bedroom is never quite at the same temperature.
Rating: 11 Positives
Posted: 8 months ago
If I can set it to "i'm cooking a pizza and not burning the house down" mode I'm in!
Rating: 6 Positives
Posted: 8 months ago
Just what the world needs...a $250 smoke detector.

Just because something can be done, doesn't necessarily mean it should be done...
Rating: 6 Positives
Posted: 8 months ago
I love my Nest thermostat and would be interested to see how they could make a smoke detector better.
Rating: 5 Positives
Posted: 8 months ago

Just what the world needs...a $250 smoke detector.

Just because something can be done, doesn't necessarily mean it should be done...


Figure the target demo is the same people who buy those 200 buck light bulbs.


Edit: sorry, the starter pack is $200. Each bulb only costs $60.
Rating: 3 Positives
Posted: 8 months ago
my smoke detector is pretty complicated
Rating: 2 Positives
Posted: 8 months ago
This is not what people want. Nest has almost no chance and generating subscription revenue from a smoke detector.

I have a smoke detector today that annoys me when I cook. I have a sprinkler system that will go off if it gets too hot. But most importantly I have renter's insurance which covers me a whole lot better than Nest could ever dream of.

A fancy smoke detector is so mind numbingly bad of a decision it would cast doubts on whether the brain trust behind Nest really has any good ideas or not.
Rating: 2 Positives
Posted: 8 months ago

This has to do with the air flow through the house.

Well, obviously. The point is that the thing that actually measures temperature -- the thermostat -- is rarely where you want it to be and cannot easily be moved. Having a remote temp sensor that you can move around would be invaluable.
Rating: 2 Positives
Posted: 8 months ago
I could justify Nest's price tag because it'll pay for itself over time but I can't find myself paying a premium for a smoke detector.
Rating: 2 Positives
Posted: 8 months ago

No problem. May I ask for a review? Do you like them, do then save on nervy costs, etc?


I like them fine, but I am more excited about their potential than their actual use. The colored lighting, etc. is really nice.

But the one drawback IMO (and this is true with almost all LED lighting right now) is that the brightest white is not really bright enough for my tastes. I have these deployed as up-lights in floor canisters behind furniture mainly because the white lighting doesn't suit my tastes. In a perfect situation the white light would be bright enough that I could put these in my recessed ceiling canisters, and use them for both everyday room lighting, and mood lighting. I'm pretty sure that day is coming, but not yet.
Rating: 1 Positives

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