Smart Smoke Detector – The Nest Protect

The Nest Protect Smoke Alarm

A new product from Tony Fadell and the people at Nest; a smart smoke detector.

We all know why smoke alarms are torn off the ceiling or missing batteries: because every time you make stir-fry, the smoke alarm cries wolf. Or just as you’re falling asleep, you hear a low-battery chirp. They’ve become annoying. And that’s a safety issue.

…So we made something new. Meet the Nest Protect smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarm.

A couple of thoughts about this.

  • I’m glad someone is re-examining household objects like this and making them better. I’m doubly-glad it’s Tony Fadell, the man behind the original iPod.
  • I also like the idea that a the Nest Protect is also a downlight, activated by motion. That’s really cool. Man, I love it when smart people find unobtrusive ways to make objects in your home do more.
  • $129 per detector is a hell of a lot of money. As long as you rent you will never, ever have one of these.
  • It’s going to be a few years before this pops up in Australia, because they’re not even done with certification in the US yet.

I also found this video on the The Verge very interesting. Watch for the product demos, but stay for the Tony Fadell interview:

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