Nest Labs makes the boring smoke detector exciting with Protect

Shawn Knight

TechSpot Staff
Staff member
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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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
 

insect

TS Evangelist
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.
 

MilwaukeeMike

TS Evangelist
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.
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.
 

Jad Chaar

Elite Techno Geek
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
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.
 

mctommy

TS Guru
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.
 

MrAnderson

TS Maniac
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.