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Nest announces updates to its entire product line

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Nest has announced updates to its thermostat, Nest Protect, and Dropcam
Nest has announced updates to its thermostat, Nest Protect, and Dropcam
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Nest has announced updates to its thermostat, Nest Protect, and Dropcam
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Nest has announced updates to its thermostat, Nest Protect, and Dropcam
The Nest Cam has a much thinner stand, which also make the camera a bit more versatile
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The Nest Cam has a much thinner stand, which also make the camera a bit more versatile
The Nest Cam has improved night vision, and video quality has been upped from 720p to 1080p
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The Nest Cam has improved night vision, and video quality has been upped from 720p to 1080p
The new version of the Nest Cam will start shipping next week, and will be priced at $199
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The new version of the Nest Cam will start shipping next week, and will be priced at $199
The Nest thermostat is exactly the same from a hardware perspective, but Nest is rolling out a software update to existing customers that brings a bit more functionality to the device
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The Nest thermostat is exactly the same from a hardware perspective, but Nest is rolling out a software update to existing customers that brings a bit more functionality to the device
If the Nest protect alarm does go off unexpectedly, you can now turn it off using the Nest app
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If the Nest protect alarm does go off unexpectedly, you can now turn it off using the Nest app
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During an event this morning in San Francisco, Google-owned Nest announced updates to its entire product line: the Nest thermostat, Nest Protect, and Dropcam, which is now going to be called Nest Cam. The company also unveiled a new version of its mobile app that ties all three together.

All of the updates are incremental in nature, so if you already have one of Nest’s existing products there’s no huge reason to run out and grab a replacement. If you’ve been holding out on buying one of the devices, however, then now might be a good time to pick one up. Here’s a look at the updates:

Nest Thermostat

The Nest thermostat is exactly the same from a hardware perspective, but Nest is rolling out a software update to existing customers that brings a bit more functionality to the device
The Nest thermostat is exactly the same from a hardware perspective, but Nest is rolling out a software update to existing customers that brings a bit more functionality to the device

The Nest thermostat is exactly the same from a hardware perspective, but Nest is rolling out a software update to existing customers that brings a bit more functionality to the device. Namely, the thermostat now has an emergency fan shutoff if it detects smoke in the home, and it can send you temperature alerts. So, for instance, you could get an alert on your phone if your house got too hot or cold during the day, for a pup you left at home.

Nest Protect

If the Nest protect alarm does go off unexpectedly, you can now turn it off using the Nest app
If the Nest protect alarm does go off unexpectedly, you can now turn it off using the Nest app

Nest has completely redesigned Nest Protect. A new smoke chamber helps the smoke detector differentiate between things like steam and dust and smoke, for fewer false alarms. The chamber is also designed to keep bugs out, something that can cause other smoke alarms to go off.

If the alarm does go off unexpectedly, you can now turn it off using the Nest app. To make sure it’s always up and running, the smoke detector tests its batteries, sensors and Wi-Fi regularly. It also performs a sound check once a month at a time it thinks you might not be at home, to make sure everything is in order should you ever actually have an issue. It's expected to last 10 years before it will need to be replaced. The 2nd generation Protect starts shipping next month and will be priced at US$99.

Nest Cam

The Nest Cam has a much thinner stand, which also make the camera a bit more versatile
The Nest Cam has a much thinner stand, which also make the camera a bit more versatile

Nest has rebranded Dropcam as "Nest Cam" and unveiled a new look for the device. The most noticeable difference between the two cameras is in the stand. The Nest Cam has a much thinner stand, which also make the camera a bit more versatile when it comes to mounting it. A new magnetic base makes it possible to put it places like the side of your fridge.

The camera has improved night vision, and video quality has been upped from 720p to 1080p. You can also differentiate different zones in your home, that you'd like to pay particular attention to. For instance, you could get a motion alert when someone opens the door or set an alert for something more specific, say an off-limits couch, so you know when Fido is breaking the rules. The new version of the camera will start shipping next week, and will be priced at $199.

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3 comments
Matthew Jacobs
"So, for instance, you could get an alert on your phone if your house got too hot or cold during the day, for a pup you left at home." -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Is there a New Technical definition for Thermostat... I'm Not Aware of?
DavidB
Mr. Jacobs, I assume the benefit would come if something (like a failure of the HVAC system) prevented the thermostat from maintaining the programmed temperature while you were away.
SteveO
Even with all of the technical advancements, the new Nest Protect cannot communicate with any other existing smoke detector. Which means that you must replace every detector in your home for the system to be effective. They state that there is no way for them to have made the system to use the communication wire that is in most later built homes because of proprietary communication languages of the other detectors. Oddly enough, I purchased a replacement of a different brand and plugged it in to the existing cable and it communicates just fine with all of the other detectors in my home. Maybe they are just afraid of the liability. Of course they may face that same issue if someone replaces a detector and doesn't realize that it won't communicate with all of their others. They have finally released a statement on this. Most likely due to me sending them the same question multiple times with no response until last week when suddenly the statement was published.