Nest products now work with popular home automation systemsBy Shawn Knight
Nest Labs on Tuesday revealed its product line is now compatible with a number of popular home automation platforms including Control4, Crestron, Remote Technologies Incorporated (RTI) and Universal Remote Control (URC).
The announcement, which came during the CEDIA home automation trade show in Denver, is a result of the Works with Nest developer program announced earlier this year.
The news means users can connect Nest products to the same system used to control things like lighting, music, video and security. That said, you can now control your Nest Thermostat through your Control4 app or have your RTI system get an alert when your Nest Protect senses smoke or carbon monoxide.
The tie-in also allows Nest products to work in tandem with products like Dropcam. For example, when your Nest Protect alarm goes off, Dropcam can record a clip of the smoke or carbon monoxide event and save it for you even if you don't pay for Cloud Recording.
Additionally, when you set your Nest Thermostat to Away mode and leave the home, Dropcam can automatically turn on its motion alerts to let you know if anyone has entered the home while you are away.
With the announcement, we're finally starting to see Google put all of the pieces of the home automation puzzle together. If you recall, the search giant purchased Nest Labs earlier this year for $3.2 billion in cash before scooping up video monitoring startup Dropcam for $555 million a few months back.