Thursday, October 10, 2013
Nest Adds Smoke + Carbon Monoxide Alarm Protecting
The Nest has certainly garnered quite a following, with its easy-to-use, web-enabled thermostat. Now, the company is looking to branch out into security.Nest Labs 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 you.
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, you 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 your 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 you have more than one Nest Protect, they’ll connect so you can hear those alarms from anywhere in the home even if the danger is only in one room. It can even link up to your Nest thermostat, so that in the event of an emergency, your gas furnace will go off.