PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Tony Fadell, the man who is making home thermostats, well, cool, is at it again, this time with the release of Nest Protect, the company's "smart" smoke detector.
Fadell, the founder and CEO of Nest who once ran Apple's iPod division and was part of Steve Jobs' inner circle, is trying one by one to reinvent devices around the house that, as he puts it, are "unloved."
I met with Fadell at Nest's headquarters here, to talk about Nest Protect and where the whole connected-home movement is going.
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In the beginning, Nest Labs sprinkled Apple's design magic on thermostats, and the people loved it. Then it went after lowly smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and those pedestrian devices may never be the same. But what's next in Nest's bag of tricks?
On Tuesday, as expected, the hot smart appliances company founded by iPod creator Tony Fadell unveiled Nest Protect, its answer to smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. The news was first reported last month by former Wall Street Journal reporter Jessica Lessin.… Read more
With an eye toward pairing its smart thermostat with other appliances, Nest Labs is launching a partner developer program to encourage creation of apps and services that work with its device.
The company announced Wednesday it will launch an application programming interface (API) next year that will allow third-party companies and app developers to blend their creations with its Nest thermostat. As its name suggests, the device learns and remembers preferred temperatures to automatically keep one's abode cool or warm.
"Since we launched in 2011, there's been steady demand from the developer community for Nest to create … Read more
Nest Labs, makers of the smart thermostat that optimizes heating and cooling of your home to conserve electricity, is moving onto smoke detectors in hopes that its software can become the nexus of your household devices.
The news was reported Tuesday by former Wall Street Journal writer Jessica Lessin, though details are sparse on the device's name, price tag, or release date.
Potential features include communication between the Nest thermostat and smoke detector for Wi-Fi sharing; hands-free functionality that could involve silencing the alarm with a hand wave; a subscription monitoring service; and the ability to detect carbon monoxide … Read more
This just in: Nest is joining forces with privately held invention capital company, Intellectual Ventures (IV). Through this collaboration, Nest will purchase patents of interest and be able to access IV's portfolio of 40,000 patent assets.
The patent sales agreement relates in part to processes for automatic registration of devices, while the license agreement gives Nest access to IV's IP for Defense program (IPFD). The IPFD not only grants Nest access to its massive patent library, but also allows Nest to get patent rights to protect its products.
Nest has been involved in some patent unpleasantness with … Read more
When you talk about smart appliances, the first things that come to mind for most people are Wi-Fi-enabled washing machines or refrigerators with touch screens built into the door. But some of the smartest upgrades of all might actually lie in the world of home automation, where an explosion of new smart gadgets is offering homeowners entirely new levels of functionality for their day-to-day lives. Best of all, unlike that Internet-ready washer or touch-screen fridge, a home automation upgrade isn't likely to cost you thousands of dollars.
With more and more products rolling out each month, from both established … Read more
Being able to control the environment inside of a house is one of the hallmarks of modern living, yet for many years it was simple; turn on the heat or turn on the air conditioning and that was that. Considering the dynamic nature of hot and cold -- along with humans' inherent desire for control -- it should make perfect sense that on and off simply wasn't enough.
Unlike SmartThings, which is developing a platform for building apps and devices that work with a variety of sensors, Canary is more of an all-in-one solution for home security, including video capture and motion and temperature sensing.
The 6-inch-tall and 3-inch-wide cylindrical device includes a 720p HD video camera with a wide-angle lens and night vision, and multiple sensors for tracking motion, vibration, sound, temperature, humidity, and air … Read more