Nest Labs wants to bring a little glory to the mundane world of household devices, and its new 2013 product, the Nest Protect, succeeds.
The company's first product was a thermostat that comes with a slick screen and a smartphone app. This year, Next expanded to the smoke detector market. The Protect comes with novelties like voice alerts and gesture controls that let you hush its alerts if the smoke problem is just an overenthusiastic toaster.
If you want to rid your house of electronic gizmos, the Nest Protect won't help. But smoke detectors are required, and the Protect's whirling dots and glowing status ring looks a lot better than a plasticky puck with a blinking red LED.
You pay for the Protect's features and look; they cost $129 apiece. But if you have several, they can communicate. And if you have a Nest thermostat, then a Protect that detects too much carbon monoxide can work with it to shut down the furnace.
December 31, 2013 12:00 AM PST
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