Nest Protect: A Smart, Talking Smoke & CO Alarm

Nest is venturing into the security market with its Protect Smoke + Carbon Monoxide alarm that integrates with mobile devices and is easy to disarm.

Nest Protect: Smoke + Carbon Monoxide alarm
Rachel Cericola · October 8, 2013

Nest has certainly garnered quite a following, with its easy-to-use, web-enabled thermostat and its recent announcement of an open API at CEDIA Expo 2013.

Now, Nest is looking to branch out into security. It just announced the Nest Protect Smoke + Carbon Monoxide alarm. The idea behind the new product is that it doesn’t just trigger some ear-piercing alarm, but can actually identify the problem and even speak to clients.

The Nest Protect packs several sensors into its tiny, square package. That lineup includes a photoelectric smoke sensor, a CO sensor, a heat sensor, a light sensor, ultrasonic sensors and an activity sensor.

Another nifty perk is that it’s easy to disarm. In other words, clients no longer have to open windows and wave towels while making bacon. Instead, just give the Nest Protect a little wave and it will silence the Heads-Up warning before it alerts the entire block.

Of course, like the Nest thermostat, Nest Protect integrates with mobile devices to send out alarms, as well as reminders when the system’s batteries are running low. Other features include a built-in nightlight, vocal alarms, and support for multiple languages. Also, if your clients have more than one Nest Protect, the products will connect so clients can hear those alarms from anywhere in the home - even if the danger is only in one room. It can even link up to a Nest thermostat, so that in the event of an emergency, the gas furnace will go off.

“Safety shouldn’t be annoying,” says Matt Rogers, Nest founder and vice president of engineering. “It was unacceptable to us that almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in properties without working smoke alarms. These products are required by law and are supposed to keep us safe, yet people hate them. We wanted to change that, so we created Nest Protect: Smoke + Carbon Monoxide.”

The Nest Protect: Smoke + Carbon Monoxide will be available in wired (120V) and battery-powered versions, in both white and black. It’s scheduled to start selling sometime in November, with an MSRP of $129. A version of Nest Protect that will be compatible with wired security systems is expected to be available in early 2014.

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