The Nest smoke and carbon monoxide alarm is shown at the company's offices on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, in Palo Alto, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Nest, the startup founded by Apple iPod creator Tony Fadell, today unveiled its latest re-imagining of a home essential: the smoke detector.
Nest first came to prominence in 2011 with their iPod-inspired Nest Thermostat that allowed users to remotely control their home heating and cooling with an app.
The new device, called "Nest Protect," is the second product hatched from Nest Labs Inc., in an attempt to infuse homes with more of the high-tech wizardry that people take for granted in smartphones. Besides sensing smoke, Nest Protect is designed to detect unsafe levels of carbon monoxide.
Nest Protect's price will probably turn off many consumers. It will go on sale next month for $129 USD in more than 5,000 stores in the U.S., Canada and United Kingdom. Other less-sophisticated devices that detect both smoke and carbon monoxide typically sell for $50 to $80 apiece.
Fadell, who ended an eight-year stint at Apple Inc. in 2009, is aiming for an audience that appreciates sleekly designed Read More »from Nest Protect smoke detector talks to your phone and out loud in warning