Google announced moments ago that it has acquired Nest Labs for $3.2 billion in cash.
For those not familiar, Nest “reinvents” home products that you either neglect, ignore, or don’t realize could be awesome and then makes them something you can’t live without. They are the creators of the Nest Thermostat and most recently, Nest Protect (smoke alarm). I reviewed the Nest Thermostat earlier in the year, calling it my favorite Android accessory, thanks to its ease of use, automation, and potential energy saving prowess. We have Nest Protects in house and will be doing some sort of review or overview in the near future. (more…)
The Nest apps for Android and iOS each received a massive update this evening to version 4.0, bringing with them support for the new Nest Protect. Outside of the apps, a firmware update for the Nest Thermostat is also arriving. (more…)
As you guys are fully aware, I’m a big fan of the Nest Learning Thermostat. In fact, I reviewed it randomly back in April and am still fully engulfed in all things Nest to this day. It continues to be my favorite Android accessory, as it allows me to save money (though I’m not sure how much just yet) on heating bills while also giving me the ability to remotely control the temperature of my house from anywhere in the world (including the couch or on a cold Saturday morning in bed). It’s also not bad looking. Actually, it’s an incredibly well-designed piece of home technology. I can’t recommend it enough.
So today, the folks at Nest announced their newest product called Nest Protect. Nest Protect is their take on a smoke alarm and carbon monoxide monitor that looks as pretty as their thermostat and can be controlled via Android (or iOS) app, yet introduces a new take on how your home should be protected. (more…)
On one of my last trips back from New York, possibly from the Galaxy S4 event, I found myself thumbing through in-flight magazines in attempt to kill off some of the 6-hour flight time I would have to endure. As I typically do on flights because I find the items hilarious, I grabbed for Skymall. For the most part, I’m looking to see how insanely expensive fake Harry Potter wands have become or if the giant stone Bigfoot has come down in price, so that I could potentially convince my better half that we need it for our yard. But on this last trip, I turned to a full-page ad that included Nest, the “Learning Thermostat.” As I had heard of the product previously and found it interesting, I snapped a picture of it, so that I would remember to look up additional info whenever I made it home. This turned out to be a brilliant move on my part because the Nest is now my favorite Android accessory, possibly of all time. (more…)