Nest, the company that was gobbled up by Google for $3.2 billion earlier this year, has come under the spotlight yet again with word of Google/Nest picking up Dropcam for a cool $555 million. Does the buck stop here? For the moment, at the very least, but what we are interested in is this: Is Nest able to fulfill what it set out to do in the first place? Right now, we do hear of Nest working alongside developers in an effort to make homes safer than they are, more energy efficient as well as being more aware of its surroundings. This is made possible thanks to a new Nest Developer Program that will feature Nest integrations from the likes of Jawbone, LIFX, Mercedes, and Whirlpool, among others.
With the launch of the Nest Developer Program, it is possible for Nest as well as over 5,000 developers to come up with meaningful interactions among Nest products and the rest, regardless of whether it is within or outside of the home. In fact, it will be more than just hooking up and remote controlling devices scattered all over your home, as the Nest Developer Program intends to turn everything from lighting to appliances to fitness bands and cars to be able to hook up to Nest products securely so that your home will be safer, more energy efficient, and more aware.
Matt Rogers, founder and vice president of engineering, Nest, shared, “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. Our goal has always been to bring this kind of thoughtfulness to the rest of your home and life – and that’s what the Nest Developer Program is all about. To kick off the program, we’ve worked with iconic brands like Mercedes-Benz and Whirlpool, as well as new industry leaders like Jawbone and LIFX, to build seamless, secure and practical Works with Nest experiences for the home.”
You can use Nest to open your garage with Chamberlain, LiftMaster or majority of the other garage door opener brands, where the Chamberlain MyQ will inform Nest that you’re home. When you close your garage door and leave the home, the thermostat will enter into Away mode to help conserve energy. For Google, it takes the command, “OK Google. Set Nest to 75 degrees,” and your Nest Thermostat will work like a charm.