At this year's CEDIA expo, Nest has announced support for a bunch of new products, Dropcam among them. This expands the number of products the company's Nest Learning Thermostats and Nest Protect smoke detectors can work with, further increasing the connectivity found inside one's home.
Nest Labs is expanding its coverage to give more households in Europe the opportunity to give their homes some smarts and make them safer. Its products will soon be available in around 400 stores in Europe, particularly in Belgium, France, Italy and the Netherlands, with 150 more to come later this year.
Unlike conventional smoke detectors, or thermostats, Nest's products can gain new features without having to buy and install a completely new device. That is the case here with version 2.0 of the software for the Nest Protect, giving it a couple of new features that not only help owners weed out false alarms but also learn from the past.
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Home automation hub Revolv has released its Android app, bringing Google's platform into the fold alongside iOS, as well as integrating support for the Nest Smart Thermostat. The smart home box - which brings together various home automation platforms like Philips' hue and Sonos speakers - also gets a new UI for its iOS app, though it's the "Works with Nest" support that most will be excited about.
The Internet of Things. Connected devices. The devices we use in our everyday lives are getting a makeover, and with that makeover comes an unprecedented amount of control over and automation in our homes. Lights know when to turn off and on. The house is already cooled down when you get home from work. Menial tasks fade into the background.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is the thing that everyone seems to want to talk about. But before it becomes a real thing, it seems that it will be thing that creates groups and consortia and all sorts of seen and unseen alliances. Just a week after the Open Interconnect Consortium (OIC) was born, a new fellowship called the Thread Group is rising up around the same IoT vision, but this time with a slightly different focus and slightly different members.
Philips and Nest are working together on integrating hue wireless bulbs as a potential part of the "Works with Nest" program the Google-owned smart thermostat company launched in a bid to link up the smart home. The work-in-progress, Philips tells SlashGear, builds on hue and Nest's existing compatibility as linked by IFTTT.
Nest's announcement that it will share user data with Google as well as third-party services like Logitech and Jawbone has unsurprisingly reawakened privacy concerns, coinciding with a new hack of the Smart Thermostat that could in theory give nefarious backdoor access. The Nest Developer Program will allow fitness wearables like UP24, Mercedes-Benz cars, and Logitech Harmony remotes to link with the thermostat, but it's Google Now integration - and what that means for Nest's privacy promises - that have some concerned.