Following the Nest Cam outed by Best Buy earlier this morning, Nest did in fact take the stage today to announce its new lineup of products. Besides the Nest Cam, Tony Fadell and company showed off the 2nd generation Nest Protect smoke detector, a new mobile app for iOS and Android that brings all of the company’s new products together, and more. Unfortunately, the company’s flagship Nest Thermostat didn’t get any hardware upgrades today, but here’s what’s new…
The new Nest Protect is an iterative upgrade, packing a new split spectrum sensor which “uses two wavelengths of light to spot different kinds of smoke,” helping it to better “catch both fast and slow-burning fires.” There’s also a new smoke chamber, sporting a “stainless steel screen with tiny hexagonal holes” which helps the Protect stay clean of foreign debris and prevents false positives.
It also comes with a new App Silence feature, which will allow users to silence the alarm with their phones. Once a month, the new Nest Protect will test its speaker and horn, and, starting with Liberty Mutual and American Family, a new Nest Safety Rewards program provides discounts on home insurance to those who are willing to share information about their Nest Protect with insurance companies.
With App Silence you can quiet down an alarm from your phone using Bluetooth LE. No more climbing ladders or waving dish towels. Walk into the room and make sure everything’s OK. Then open the notification on your phone – it will open the app where you can press the Silence button. Tap and hold and Nest Protect will quiet down.
The 2nd generation Nest helps you make sure it’s always working by testing its sensors and batteries 400 times a day, you can also manually test all your alarms from your phone. You can order now from Nest.com for $99. Nest says that the Protect is built to last 10 years thanks to a newer long-lasting carbon monoxide sensor.
Along with the 2nd generation Nest Protect, Nest took time to announce its new Dropcam-based Nest Cam hardware, featuring 8 infrared LEDs, night vision video support, “no blind spots,” and “unique algorithms.” This device was leaked last week, and it looks like the FCC documents we uncovered indeed show this device.
Nest Cam has a beautiful, completely redesigned stand. It lets you see your home in super clear 1080p HD video. It comes with advanced Night Vision. It has a mic and speaker so you can talk and listen. And when you subscribe to Nest Aware with Video History, the new cloud recording service from Nest, you can rewind 10 or 30 days of video and get even more accurate motion alerts.
Nest mentions the ability to view your video feed from the new Nest app to “stay informed” on what’s happening in your home, new mobile application notifications, vivid 1080p resolution recording, a 130-degree field of view, and a new Nest Aware service which will record to the cloud.
You can learn more about the Nest Cam at Nest’s website, and you can buy Nest Cam for $199.
Nest has also introduced a new version of its app. The new app will allow you to control your Nest Cam, Nest Protect, previous Dropcam hardware, and of course, your Nest Thermostat. It brings several new features across all of the new hardware, including the aforementioned App Silence feature, Safety Checkup for Nest Protect, newly-rebranded Nest Aware could recording, and more.
Version 5.0 of the Nest app for iPhone packs tons of new features, and you can get the new version on the App Store for free.
Here’s the full changelog:
What’s New in Version 5.0.0
– We completely redesigned the Nest app, made things easier to find, and added some new features. – Introduced Nest Cam and Dropcam to the Nest app. – Security updates.
New for Nest Thermostat – Tap the house icon to tell the Nest Thermostat when you’re Home or Away. – See indoor humidity and outside temperature. – We reorganized Settings under the gear icon so they’re easier to find. – Tap the thermostat to easily access the most popular features at the bottom of the screen. – Increased support from 10 thermostats up to 40 thermostats (max 20 per home).
New for Nest Protect – Hush an alarm from your phone with App Silence. (Nest Protect 2nd gen) – Run a Safety Checkup from your phone. (Nest Protect 2nd gen)
New for Nest Cam & Dropcam – See all your Nest Cams and Dropcams in one app – along with all your other Nest products. – Talk and Listen is now easier to use. Just hold down the icon and start talking. – It’s easier to zoom in and enhance to get an up-close view. – Cloud Recording is now called Nest Aware. – If you have a Dropcam with seven-day Cloud Recording, you now get ten days of Video History. – Rewind your Video History and filter events by motion, sound or Activity Zone. (With Nest Aware subscription.)
Also, AT&T is starting trial integration with Nest in July:
AT&T’s Digital Life is working on a trial integration with the Nest Learning Thermostat, which it plans to begin testing on its home security and automation platform this July. AT&T operates an open but managed platform which gives our customers more choices to customize their connected home that they can manage and monitor through a single, secure connection.
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