Nest Announces Nest Protect, an Intelligent Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detector
The former Apple executive Tony Fadell recently took the covers off of his company’s newest intelligent home product, a smoke and carbon monoxide detector dubbed “Nest Protect.” The Nest Protect joins the company alongside the well-received Nest Learning Thermostat which was unveiled in the past.
According to the company, it chose a smoke detector as the follow-up to its successful thermostat because the current generation of devices often annoy homeowners and renters into disabling them all together, decreasing safety dramatically. Nest cited a study by the National Fire Protection Agency that found 73% of smoke detectors which failed to activate during a fire did not do so because their batteries were dead, missing, or disconnected, with false alarms cited as the most prominent reason for disabling the detectors.
In addition to detecting smoke and carbon monoxide, which is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas that is toxic to people and pets, the Nest Protect features several user experience innovations. The device will produce a spoken warning as opposed to a shrill alarm, if it detects levels of smoke or carbon monoxide that are considered below emergency levels, for instance. The warnings can be silence by simply waving one’s arm from within about eight feet of the Nest Protect.
Similar to the Nest Learning Thermostat, the Nest Protect connects to Nest’s cloud service via WiFi can be monitored and configured with an iOS application. If a particular location has several Nest Protect units, they can communicate with each other even if WiFi isn’t working to deliver emergency warnings throughout the area. Nest demonstrates this by showing a Nest Protect in a couple’s living room broadcasting an alert that smoke has been detected in their bedroom.
What is a bit more interesting is that the Nest Protect also communicates with the Nest Learning Thermostat. In the event of a carbon monoxide warning, the Nest Protect will instruct the thermostat to shut down a home’s gas furnace. Additionally, the Nest Learning Thermostat can leverage the Nest Protect’s built-in activity sensor to enhance and extend its own capabilities.
The device is similar in size and shape to Apple’s previous generation AirPort Extreme and it comes in two versions, battery powered and wired, and will be available at launch in both black and white. It can be pre-ordered for $129.
What do you think of the device?