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Nest Labs makes the boring smoke detector exciting with Protect

By Shawn Knight · 11 replies
Oct 8, 2013
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  1. Nest Labs has officially unveiled their latest household appliance, a smoke detector. Known as the Nest Protect, the company hopes it will do for boring smoke detectors what the Learning Thermostat did for boring thermostats – make them more appealing...

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  2. This sound very nice but they miss a major feature, the ability to hook the device to your existing alarm system. Right now I wont change my smoke alarm for that reason. Hope they add this in version 2.0
  3. insect

    insect TS Evangelist Posts: 349   +132

    How about not sending the alarm to my phone and instead to the fire dept?

    And $129?!! I think I stick with the $15 "annoying" variety. Heck, for $129 I could get all those detectors in each room of my house - Fire, CO, Motion sensing night light.
  4. freythman

    freythman TS Booster Posts: 113   +10

    You sure you want the Fire Department out for every false alarm?
  5. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 3,160   +1,413

    I agree... seems like a solution in search of a problem. Sounds like a cool product, but I have no use for it at all. The only benefit sounds like the motion sensing nightlight, and having a nightlight in the bathroom isn't a huge inconvenience for me.
  6. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,482   +978

    This is really cool. It may come in handy in the kitchen since the fire alarm goes off a lot just because of a little smoke from the cooking. But for $130? No thanks.

    IAMTHESTIG TS Evangelist Posts: 1,720   +808

    Yeah the price seems a bit steep... while all these features are great, I would expect more features for that price point. Since these already have WiFi and can send info to your smart phone, why not add a camera? Microphone? Two way comms? Throw in this security aspect with this thing packed with features and then maybe I'll consider paying a large wad of cash for them.
  8. mctommy

    mctommy TS Addict Posts: 297   +68

    Only the crazies and the rich would go for this. At $130 a pop for a house that typically needs 4+, it gets super expensive rather quickly ... heck it's expensive with just the one.
  9. Acespaces

    Acespaces TS Member Posts: 85   +12

    I only wish it would squirt extinguishing powder in the air when its on full alarm
  10. MrAnderson

    MrAnderson TS Maniac Posts: 488   +10

    This is pretty cool. 130 bucks might seem like a lot to most people, but products like this need to be out there before you can start to bring the price down.

    They are building that network of things companies romanticize about at CES and from within their R&D departments only. Their designs turn the pretty much meh things we have around the house into something a lot more functional and perhaps more relevant to our digital lives.

    Niche now, big market in very near future.
  11. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder TS Evangelist Posts: 2,151   +588

    But can it run Crysis?

    lol just kidding, anyway this is awesome, I agree JC713, a little cheaper and id buy at least three!
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  12. freythman

    freythman TS Booster Posts: 113   +10


    I'm glad someone is innovating in this area. As with anything, the price will come down as supply goes up. Give it a few years.

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