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Nest Announces Internet-Connected Nest Protect Smoke and CO Detector

Posted by Jim Tanous on October 8, 2013
Nest Protect Smoke and CO2

Nest, the company founded by iPod creator Tony Fadell and famous for its Internet-connected thermostat, unveiled on Tuesday the “Nest Protect,” a smoke and carbon monoxide alarm. The Nest Protect follows design and functionality aspects of its thermostat sibling, offering users a simple installation, easy configuration, and Internet-connected monitoring and control.

These products should keep us safe, not annoy us. Nest Protect: Smoke + Carbon Monoxide does much more than just sound a shrill alarm when there’s danger in your home. It speaks to you, telling you where the danger is and what the problem is. And before it sounds a piercing alarm, Nest Protect gives you a friendly Heads-Up warning that you can silence with a wave of your hand – no more swinging towels or brooms to try to quiet a false alarm. It integrates with your mobile devices and even messages you if the batteries run low, avoiding that all-too-familiar midnight low-battery chirp.

Using the company’s iOS app, a Nest Protect unit can automatically integrate with other Nest Protects and Nest Thermostats to provide simple whole-house protection. It detects dangers via six sensors: photoelectric, carbon monoxide, heat, light, ultrasonic, and motion. Instead of beeps and alarms, the device uses plain language to inform occupants of specific dangers: “There’s smoke in the living room,” “Carbon monoxide detected in the basement,” and so on. The Nest Protect also features a “Pathlight” function, which utilizes the device’s motion and light sensors to automatically activate a built-in nightlight.

The Nest Protect is available for pre-order today for a planned launch in November. Each unit will cost $129, and be available in either black or white, along with options for battery or direct wire power.

One thought on “Nest Announces Internet-Connected Nest Protect Smoke and CO Detector”

LogicalThinker says:
It’s frustrating how many news articles about Nest I read refer to a “CO2” alarm, in what world does “mono” mean two, and why do we care about carbon dioxide levels in the home? What you actually mean is “CO” the toxic chemical compound Carbon Monoxide.
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