Nest has become well known for its Apple like focus on product design ever since coming out with its beautifully-crafted learning thermostat in 2010. Now it looks like the Palo Alto-based startup is looking to take on another entrenched industry: the smoke detector.
Former Wall Street Journal reporter Jessica Lessin broke the news earlier today, reporting that the smoke detector–called “Protect”–will include nifty features like motion sensors that allow you to wave to turn off an alarm and a carbon monoxide detector.
While maybe not as outright sexy as a learning thermostat that saves you money, it could be a huge opportunity for the company–especially considering smoke detectors are required by law in all 50 states. Building a better smoke detector is also a very serious issue; many people disable them because they can become such a nuisance.
But the most interesting thing about this new product is the possibility that the device will be able to interact with Nest’s thermostat, as reported by Kara Swisher at AllThingsD. This could help address some of the criticisms that the company’s products are too isolated and be a big step for the company into the “connected home” space.
Nest was founded in 2010 by two former Apple employees, Tony Fadell and Matt Rogers. Fadell played a big part in creating the iPod and served as senior vice president at Apple. Rogers also worked on the iPod in software development.
Nest’s learning thermostat ($249) came out to overwhelmingly positive reviews and is currently sold in places like the Apple Store, Best Buy and Home Depot. The company seems to be doing well with recent reports claiming it ships upwards of 40,000 thermostats a month. But we’ll have to wait and see if a smart smoke detector can get consumers as excited as they did for a learning thermostat. The device may go on sale as early as this year, reported Lessin.
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