Google Nest’s ‘Developer Program’ to make Smart Homes more connected

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.

google-nest

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.”

Christy Gren
Christy Gren is an Industry Specialist Reporter at Industry Leaders Magazine she enjoys writing about Unicorns, Silicon Valley, Startups, Business Leaders and Innovators. Her articles provide an insight about the Power Players in the field of Technology, Auto, Manufacturing, and F&B.

Recent Posts

Strong iPhone 12 sales could boost Apple’s Q3 2021 earnings

Strong iPhone 12 sales could boost Apple’s Q3 2021 earnings

Will Apple manage to post solid earnings in Q3 2021? Here’s what Wall Street’s top analysts have to say ahead of Apple’s Q3 2021 earnings report today.
5 hours ago
Tesla earnings top $1 billion for the first time

Tesla earnings top $1 billion for the first time

Tesla earnings not only blew past analyst expectations but also marked the first time the automaker’s quarterly profit joined the three-comma club.
7 hours ago
Elon Musk tweet pushes Dogecoin prices up again

Elon Musk tweet pushes Dogecoin prices up again

Dogecoin was launched as a joke in 2013. The cryptocurrency is up a staggering 6,000% compared to last year’s prices due to wild speculations.
7 hours ago
Amazon to hire a crypto lead, may soon accept payments in cryptocurrency

Amazon to hire a crypto lead, may soon accept payments in cryptocurrency

The product lead will develop the full marketing strategy from customer experience to technical development to launching it.
1 day ago
Billionaire CEO Elon Musk Shares the Brutal Truth about Life as an Entrepreneur

Billionaire CEO Elon Musk Shares the Brutal Truth about Life as an Entrepreneur

“I would say I’ve had some pretty tough life experiences and Tesla’s probably responsible for two-thirds of all personal and professional pain combined, to give you a sense o
3 days ago
AT&T, Airbnb & UPS among firms to face Akamai’s global outage

AT&T, Airbnb & UPS among firms to face Akamai’s global outage

Global outage causes Akamai Technologies to re-think cyber securities.
4 days ago