The Nest Protect Smoke Alarm Returns with a Price Cut and Smaller Feature Set
The Google-owned smart home device maker, Nest, recently announced the reintroduction of its Protect carbon monoxide and smoke alarm after product sales were halted and units recalled when a convenience feature was determined to pose a safety risk. Now, roughly two months after Nest first took the Protect CO + Smoke alarm off the market, the device is once again on store shelves with a reduced price of $99 (down from $130) and crippled feature set.
At the center of Protect’s woes is a convenience function called “Nest Wave,” which allowed owners to turn off the alarm with a wave of the hand. In May, the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the recall of 440,000 affected Protect units after finding the wave feature cold be inadvertently activated, which would delay an alert in case of a fire or carbon monoxide leak. At the time of the recall, Nest said it expected to get the product back on store shelves “in a few weeks” with the Nest Wave function reinstated. Apparently the company couldn’t find a suitable solution in time but promises the capability will be reactivated once the problem is fixed.
Since Nest’s devices connect to the Internet for added functionality such as push alerts and alarm tracking, the firm has been able to update most Protect devices to disable the potentially dangerous feature.
For those of you who didn’t know, Nest is the brainchild of former Apple executive and “godfather of the iPod,” Tony Fadell, who recently sold his company to Google for $3.2 billion. When the acquisition was announced, Google said Nest Labs would continue to operate as a largely independent firm, allaying fears that it would use the connected smart home devices to collect user information for its targeted ad business.
Did any of you previously own or still own a Protect CO + Smoke Alarm device?
Source: The New York Times