Video: “Nest Protect” The Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarm Reinvented

Founded by former Apple senior VP, Tony Fadell, Nest Labs already has a big hit on its hands with their learning thermostat.  Today the company announced the launch of the “Nest Protect: Smoke + Carbon Monoxide”, an innovative smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarm.

The unit is expected to be on sale in November at Apple, Amazon.co.uk and John Lewis for a suggested retail price of £109 (U.K.). It will be available in two versions – a wired (230V) plus a battery-powered unit and you can reserve a unit today on the link below.

In addition Nest have released an app on iOS, Android and the Web which can be used to set up, control, and get alerts for both Nest Protect and the Nest Learning Thermostat.  Check out the full details on the PR below…

Nest Protect speaks to you, telling you the location of the danger and what the problem is. And before it sounds a piercing alarm, Nest Protect gives you a friendly Heads-Up warning that you can silence with a wave of your hand – no more swinging towels or brooms to try to quiet a false alarm having burnt the toast. It integrates with your mobile devices, so you are alerted to problems when away from home, and even messages you if the batteries run low, avoiding that all-too-familiar midnight low-battery chirp.

Palo Alto, Calif. – Oct. 8, 2013 – Nest Labs, Inc. (www.nest.com) announced today breakthrough innovation that redefines what people should expect from their smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms. These products should keep us safe, not annoy us. Nest Protect: Smoke + Carbon Monoxide™ does much more than just sound a shrill alarm when there’s danger in your home. It speaks to you, telling you where the danger is and what the problem is. And before it sounds a piercing alarm, Nest Protect gives you a friendly Heads-Up warning that you can silence with a wave of your hand – no more swinging towels or brooms to try to quiet a false alarm. It integrates with your mobile devices and even messages you if the batteries run low, avoiding that all-too-familiar midnight low-battery chirp.

“We’ve all experienced the smoke alarm going off while we’re cooking or searched for the source of that incessant low-battery chirp in the middle of the night,” said Tony Fadell, Nest founder and chief executive officer. “Every time a smoke alarm cries wolf, we trust it a little less, and then – in a moment of frustration – we rip the batteries out to stop the beeping. And that leaves us and our families at risk.”

Studies have shown that 80 percent of the U.K. population own a smoke alarm, but in one of every eight house fires attended by fire and rescue services, the smoke alarm failed to work, largely due to flat or missing batteries removed because of chirping battery alerts.[1]

“Safety shouldn’t be annoying,” said Matt Rogers, Nest founder and vice president of engineering. “It was unacceptable to us that one in eight houses in the UK have a non-functioning smoke alarm. These products are required by law and are supposed to keep us safe, yet people hate them. We wanted to change that, so we created Nest Protect: Smoke + Carbon Monoxide.”

Product Features

  • High-quality smoke and carbon monoxide alarm. Nest Protect is a multi-criteria detector with heat, CO, and smoke sensors that work together to detect danger.
  • Heads-Up. If Nest Protect sees that smoke or CO levels are rising but have not yet reached emergency alarm levels, it will give you an early warning so it can avoid crying wolf.
  • Nest Wave. No need to wave towels or climb on chairs. Nest Protect lets you silence nuisance alarms with a wave of your hand.
  • Mobile notifications. Connect Nest Protect to your free Nest account using Wi-Fi and you can receive low-battery alerts, Heads Up and emergency alarm notifications on your smartphone or tablet. In an emergency, the What to Do feature will remind you of recommended actions and give you one-button access to an emergency phone number.
  • Nightly Promise. Sleep safe and sound. Before you doze off, Nest Protect shows you its sensors and batteries are working with a quick green glow after you turn off the lights so low-battery chirps don’t rattle your dreams.
  • Pathlight. Nest Protect offers more than just smoke and CO warnings. Its LED lights can be a night light in your home. When it’s dark, Nest Protect will light your way as you walk underneath it.
  • Vocal alarms. According to a study by Victoria University, children can sleep through beeping smoke alarms. So in addition to alarm sounds, Nest Protect uses female Voice Alarms to help wake sleeping children in case of emergency.
  • More sensors, more features. Nest Protect’s sensors include a photoelectric smoke sensor, CO sensor, heat sensor, light sensor, ultrasonic sensors and activity sensor. Together, they analyse smoke and CO levels, see when you wave, and light your way at night.
  • Wireless interconnect. If you have more than one Nest Protect, they connect so you’ll hear alarms from all Nest Protects in your home, even if the danger is in only one room.
  • Design. Nest Protect introduces a distinctive square shape with a white sunflower pattern. A black version will be available only at www.nest.com/uk.

Available to reserve now at www.nest.com/uk

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4 Comments on "Video: “Nest Protect” The Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarm Reinvented"

  1. bloomin awesome !!!

    Cant decide between this and the British Gas safe & secure products

    shame the NEST thermostat isnt available in the UK

  2. @Kets, they did state a few months ago they’d been running some trials in the UK.. haven’t heard much lately though.

  3. Michael johnson | October 11, 2013 at 9:05 am |

    hmm looks good, not liking he price tag though!

    i could probably do the same using homeseer linked to my fire panel and the whole house audio system!

  4. Malcolm Surgenor | April 4, 2014 at 8:11 am |

    I read this morning that the wave feature has been too effective disabling the alarm completely in some cases! Google has withdrawn the device until a fix has been developed – “2 to 3 months”.

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