Imagine that you are at work at 2PM, you live 10 minutes from home and something catches fire in your kitchen. In the past, you would be SOL. With the Nest products for your Future Home, a device would recognize the smoke, ping your Heating System to turn off your furnace, send you a notification to your smart phone, and begin recording a video of what’s going on. You can see the fire from your phone (hopefully) because any major damage is done. From there, I assume you would call the fire department and hurry home. If you ever had a chance to save your home, Nest would help you get there.
Nest is the Future Home’s Learning Thermostat. Basically, it’s a thermostat that learns your behavior and your temperature settings.
Nest is blazing the trail for future home products because of it’s connectivity. Not only does it connect to your home’s Heating and Air Conditioning System, but it connects to any smart phones or tablets (e.g. iPhones and iPads), and has an open API, which will allow it to connect to other devices. Basically, Nest is teaming up with any tech pioneer to connect smart devices. So now any device that wants to connect to Nest can do so.
For example, Mercedes created a system, where it can look up your GPS, trigger when you are 10 minutes from home and begin to heat or cool your house for you. This might seem small, but there are many practical uses for connecting smart devices. See more devices that work with Nest here:
Nest was bought by Google in Early 2014 and Nest acquired Dropcam a few months later. This is lame because they will be subject to more bureaucracy and oversight, but its also good because there is more money behind these integral future home products. Nest also launched the Nest Protector, which is a carbon monoxide and smoke detector.
I got my Nest the other day and I will post about the installation next.