Nest, a Google-owned thermostat smoke detector company and a smart device manufacturer launched the “Works with Nest” program in June last year. Nest Labs was the creator of the first world learning thermostat. Nest and Apple are the key players for the quest of the fully integrated smart home devices and appliances.
The company announced at CES 2015, a trade show that takes place in Las Vegas and is focused on consumer technology, the support from LG, Whirlpool, Mercedes Benz and 12 other companies in the search for a smart home hub. This expansion covers the connecting and controlling home-related appliances and devices for a better home-energy consumption, an energy-efficient home and is highly adaptable to user’s needs.
Beep Dial and Big Ass Fans are partnerships announced for February by Nest, while Zuli smart plugs, Whirlpool appliances will be added later on ,in 2015. Partnerships with newcomers like Ooma, LIFX, Lutron, Insteon, Kevo, as well as important brands such as LG, Whirlpool or Mercedes Benz promise a very powerful start for the “Works with Nest” program.
But what does this actually mean for the consumer? For example, if you have Automatic connected to your car, your thermostat can heat up your home when you’re getting close to it. Or, when Nest spots that you leave your house, LG’s smart appliances can turn on energy-saving mode. Nest stated that LG’s integration detects if you’ve “accidentally left the oven on” and sends you an alert.
Ooma (a manufacturer of IP telephone systems) has a very interesting integration with Nest. Ooma Telo can call and ask if you want to contact a local emergency responder if the Nest Protect detects smoke or an unsafe level of carbon-monoxide in your home. If Nest senses something that went wrong, Philips Hue lighting will get the user’s attention by making use of flashing and other light signals. Insteon allows users to control sensors, lights, and appliances via one app. August smart lock is another partner of Nest and is a system that provides warming or cooling of the house when users unlock the door.
Nest control integration shoots for interconnection of these gadgets, appliances and devices for a connected-home and the managing of everything in your house. The goal is the creation of a communication standard for a smart home hub.
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