We originally reported last month that Nest Labs, the company founded by famed iPod creator Tony Fadell, was readying its next product for launch soon: the smart fire detector. Nest Labs officially announced today that the ‘Nest Protect’ will be joining the lineup with the smart thermostat.
The Nest Protect detects smoke and carbon monoxide and addressses some of the flaws of modern smoke detectors and of course connects it to your iPhone in the process:
Nest believes that safety shouldn’t be annoying, so they started from scratch and built a new smoke + CO detector, the way it should be done, with advanced features under a sleek interface:
· Heads-Up: Instead of just beeping at you, Nest Protect gives you helpful vocal warnings before conditions get dangerous. And if you have more than one Nest Protect in the home, you can connect them so you’ll know where the danger is, no matter which room you’re in.
· Nest Wave: No more climbing on chairs to reach your detector. You can silence Nest Protect by simply waving at it.
· Mobile app: Get low-battery alerts and Emergency Alarm notifications on your smartphone or tablet.
· Pathlight: Nest Protect glows white as you pass under it at night, lighting your way in the dark.
The smoke + carbon monoxide detector itself has a design similar to our Apple products as it resembles Apple’s previous generation Airport Extreme base station. I really like the idea of silencing an alarm with just a wave. Wrestling with a tiny disengage button in a commotion is the last thing anyone wants. Check out availability information and the official promotional video below:
The Nest Protect is currently available for pre-order at $129 in both white and black and ships in battery models or wired-in models. It says availability will begin in November across various retailers including Amazon, Apple, Best Buy, and Home Depot, as well as the online Nest Store. Nest promises its battery model doesn’t require annual battery replacements like traditional models. Of course, Nest promises an easy installation as with the Nest Thermostat, which also has an iPhone and iPad app and is readily available for purchase.
Certainly sounds like a great way to protect your nest.