Google Inc's, Nest Labs has unveiled an initiative to push companies into developing devices and services that can be compatible with Nest Digital Thermostat and other products. The 'Developer Program' will allow Nest partner companies focus on making Nest compatible devices more useful. For example, when the Nest Protect Smoke Alarm when goes off, LIFX's light will flash red lights to make it subtle for those who are hearing impaired. The Chamberlain garage door opener can indicate Nest Thermostat on the nest to enter and leave command determining on whether the owner is entering or leaving the garage.
Among those partner companies includes IFTT, Jawbone, Chamberlain and Google itself. Chamberlain and Google are set to release Nest-compatible features this fall, while all others are available starting today.
It's not just integration for integration's sake, or connectivity just to connect," Matt Rogers, Nest co-founder and engineering head. "It's 'what are great user benefits we could do?' Those are the kinds of things we're going to highlight. That said, it's a developer program that's opened up very widely. So whoever wants to build stuff can build stuff."
"No one's had as many connected devices in our space before," he told in an interview to Ars Technica. "So in essence, we're actually doing the biggest scientific study to date. All the government studies that were done when carbon monoxide was becoming a big deal and people started paying attention to it were in a couple hundred homes. This is a couple hundred thousand homes. It's a completely different order of magnitude. It covers the whole country, all different demographics and geographies. We're learning a lot about how homes work and can actually affect the laws now."
By connecting home-based appliances with Nest consumers will be able to control temperature and energy utilization within their homes. The developer program aimed at pushing consumers adopts smart homes technology.
Nest which was acquired by Google earlier this year, is taking its efforts up by a notch to make its products a core inside smart houses. The initiative by Nest precedes Nest's acquisition of Dropcam Inc., a home-video security company for $555 million. The developer program has astoundingly garnered interest of more than 5,000 developers already.
Nest will also provide software tools and support in order to make it feasible for partner company's products to connect with Nest's devices, said Nest in a statement.
“The Nest Learning Thermostat and Nest Protect alarm are already helping people save energy, stay comfortable, and improve home safety -- but that’s only the beginning,” Matt Rogers, vice president of engineering at Nest, said in the statement. “Our goal has always been to bring this kind of thoughtfulness to the rest of your home and life.”
"Utility companies are giving away or giving rebates for Nests because of the energy efficiency benefits and because of the peak energy demands, the savings we can do there," says Rogers. "That's been an enormous driver for us. When you have a $100 rebate, that makes it a lot easier to buy the product."
"Our goal is to make them free. Our products should be free," he continued. "If you save people energy and save lives, those are good things that everyone should have."