Nest Labs, the home hardware maker founded by the creator of the iPod, has unveile its second product, Nest Protect. The $129 smart device hopes to do for the smoke and carbon monoxide detection market what Nest’s Learning Thermostat did for home temperature control.
Marketed with the motto, “Safety shouldn’t be annoying,” Nest Protect has features that make it easier to silence during false alarms and includes spoken alerts and color-coded signals rather than the annoying beeping we’re all accustomed to. The “Heads Up” function will alert homeowners to the presence of smoke or carbon monoxide before it reaches emergency levels and allow them to dismiss the alarm with a simple wave of a hand. To indicate it has sufficient battery, the device glows green and can even act as a nightlight, glowing faintly when it detects motion in a dark hallway. The alarm also connects with smart devices allowing users to monitor their homes remotely.
The Nest Protect is currently undergoing testing, and is expected to go on sale in November.