Recalled 'Nest Protect' Smoke Detectors Returning to Store Shelves Soon

Wednesday May 21, 2014 4:06 PM PDT by Jordan Golson
The Nest Protect app-enabled smoke detector will be returning to store shelves soon, the company said today, after being pulled off the market and recalled because of a potential safety issue last month.

Nest Protect
The company, which was acquired by Google earlier this year for $3.2 billion, stopped selling the Nest Protect last month after laboratory testing determined that the Nest Wave feature could potentially malfunction. The Nest Wave allows users to silence false alarms by wave at the detector rather than requiring them to manually press a button, which could be inconvenient for those with high ceilings.

The company has stated that there were no cases of smoke detectors turning off in customer homes, but that it wanted to be extremely cautious with such an important consumer device.

Nest and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission have issued a "recall" to ensure that all affected Protects receive a software update to disable the feature. Purchased devices do not need to be returned to Nest and will continue to function normally, albeit with the Wave feature disabled.

Nest told The Guardian that the Nest Protect will be going "back on the market in a few weeks."

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Posted: 26 weeks ago
Fire! Visit tivo.com for great deals on roamio! Fire! Exit quickly!
Rating: 9 Votes
Posted: 26 weeks ago
With ads (http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2014/05/21/google-predicts-ads-in-odd-spots-like-thermostats/)?
Rating: 7 Votes
Posted: 26 weeks ago

I'm calling home automation a FAD! Building regs require smoke detectors are already built in so this and many other home automation products are redundant.

The problem is that anything automatic is usually not very helpful. Eg automatic car transmissions make driving less enjoyable but more convenient.

I fail to see anything not related to TV and media that should or could be automated or linked in that would be helpful to have.

Sure build in wifi to things as the tech gets cheaper, printers, weighing scales etc. but the whole idea of an automated home is a fad. Most people don't even have their radiators set right to give balanced heat around the home let alone allow it to be controlled by you coming home etc. most people will buy this stuff and never connect or use it anyway.

Home automation is a nich market not a fad.
It has been around for a long time.
Rating: 4 Votes
Posted: 26 weeks ago
I called tec support for an issue a couple weeks ago. Was told my issue was most likely due to using the more difficult system to program for, ios, and that everyone there uses android. I got a chuckle out of that one...
Rating: 4 Votes
Posted: 26 weeks ago
Their new slogan should be "It's like an Apple TV and Mac Mini had a baby on your ceiling."
Rating: 4 Votes
Posted: 26 weeks ago

With ads (http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2014/05/21/google-predicts-ads-in-odd-spots-like-thermostats/)?


Update: A Google spokesman provided a statement regarding the SEC filing:
“We are in contact with the SEC to clarify the language in this 2013 filing, which does not reflect Google’s product roadmap. Nest, which we acquired after this filing was made, does not have an ads-based model and has never had any such plans.”

We can, of course, always assume they might change their minds later.
Rating: 3 Votes
Posted: 26 weeks ago

And, yes, I do expect Google to change their minds at a later date and put ads on as many "Internet of things" devices as they can. Including the Nest thermostats and smoke detectors. There's no way to justify that $3.2 billion purchase price otherwise.


If Google would pay my ridiculously high home heating bills, then I would gladly let them install a thermostat that had a tiny screen with (silent) ads.

In other words, I think that companies like Apple and Google should give us -- the users who make them money -- kickbacks.

[LIST]
[*]With Google, I should get a per-ad display fee kickback.

[*]With Apple, I should get a kickback on all the songs/apps my kids buy in iTunes.
[/LIST]

It's only fair :)
Rating: 3 Votes
Posted: 26 weeks ago

what happened to just normal smoke detectors with a 9-volt battery

Even those are being changed over to having sealed batteries that last for a decade.
Rating: 2 Votes
Posted: 26 weeks ago
You had one job, Smoke Detector...!

The more you complicate a simple thing, the easier it is to screw it up.
Rating: 2 Votes
Posted: 26 weeks ago
the Protect gives you nice peace of mind when used in a remote location for a second house. It will send you an text if it detects a problem and allows you battery indicators so that a blaring alarm doesn't wake you up in the middle of the night for a low battery
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