Nest already has a thermostat on the market that’s being hailed as revolutionary. And it is, at least in the world of thermostats. Now the company is hoping to do the same with another, often neglected, household appliance: the smoke/CO2 detector. Nest Protect not only looks heaps better than a standard detector, but has so many features it puts them to shame. For one, it connects through Wifi to your home network, which allows you to configure each device to know which room its been installed in. This means that it not only alerts you when there’s smoke, but it tells you which room the smoke was detected in! Also, if you’ve just burnt your grilled cheese sandwich but there’s no actual fire, Nest Protect will alert you that it’s detected smoke in a calm voice, before setting off an alarm; you’re then free to wave at it to inform it that it’s fine and nothing is on fire. That’s right, a simple wave of the hand avoids you having to get up on a stool to press the reset button as the alarm blasts in your ears.
Finally, the Nest Protect can serve as a night light, lighting up to guide your path to the kitchen or bathroom in the dark as it detects your movement. But, in a nice touch of product design, it wont light up in the bedroom so you don’t wake up your partner. All in all, we’re really impressed with the Nest Protect, and at $129 we think it’s a steal. Available in November at Amazon, Apple, Best Buy and The Home Depot.
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