Meet the Nest Protect Smoke Detector

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October 8, 2013

Palo Alto–based product design company Nest Labs—known for its slick Learning thermostat—announced its next venture today: the Nest Protect smoke and carbon monoxide detector. "This is a product category prime for disruption," says Maxime Veron, director of product marketing at Nest. In homes, most technology has been steadily updated—think appliances, security systems, lighting, heating and cooling—but smoke detectors haven't seen much innovation in the past few decades.

We can all identify with the qualms of these archaic devices: fussy batteries, false alarms, and ear-splitting noise (it is supposed to get your attention, after all). This version aims to make smoke detectors easier to use, more effective, and something to covet. "Things don't need to be ugly or dumb" says Veron. "This thinks before it speaks." Have a look at some of Nest Protect's features in the following slideshow.

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  Nest Labs's newest product is Nest Protect, a smoke and carbon monoxide detector retailing for $129. (Find it on Amazon.com and in Home Depot, Best Buy, and Apple stores.) Much like the comany's thermostat, the device seeks to improve upon technology and present it in a visually appealing package. (Some say it looks like an Apple TV or AirPort.)

    Nest Labs's newest product is Nest Protect, a smoke and carbon monoxide detector retailing for $129. (Find it on Amazon.com and in Home Depot, Best Buy, and Apple stores.) Much like the comany's thermostat, the device seeks to improve upon technology and present it in a visually appealing package. (Some say it looks like an Apple TV or AirPort.)

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  The detector uses visual queues instead of only noise to alert you of problems. When the light in the center is green, everything is normal. When there's a problem, the device turns red (shown above) and issues a vocal alert as to where and what the problem is (ie. "smoke in the living room") and can operate in English and Spanish. If the light is yellow, that means attention is needed, such as replacing a battery.Watch the video for an overview of the features: 

    The detector uses visual queues instead of only noise to alert you of problems. When the light in the center is green, everything is normal. When there's a problem, the device turns red (shown above) and issues a vocal alert as to where and what the problem is (ie. "smoke in the living room") and can operate in English and Spanish. If the light is yellow, that means attention is needed, such as replacing a battery.

    Watch the video for an overview of the features:

     

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  If Nest Protect detects something but there isn't an emergency (such smoke coming from cooking), it can be silenced with the wave of a hand.

    If Nest Protect detects something but there isn't an emergency (such smoke coming from cooking), it can be silenced with the wave of a hand.

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  A mobile app connects with the detector to alert you of emergencies if you're away from home.

    A mobile app connects with the detector to alert you of emergencies if you're away from home.

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  In addition to sensing smoke, carbon monoxide, heat, and motion, Nest Protect detects light and illuminates if you walk under it at night.

    In addition to sensing smoke, carbon monoxide, heat, and motion, Nest Protect detects light and illuminates if you walk under it at night.

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  The product also comes in a black version (only available on nest.com).Visit nest.com for more information on Nest Protect.

    The product also comes in a black version (only available on nest.com).

    Visit nest.com for more information on Nest Protect.

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