I wonder if its the golden-green Palo Alto sun? But, without a doubt, Tony, and the outside-the-box-thinkers at Nest have struck synergy-oil again. And, with every single modern residence in the world as a possible customer, any electrical appliance, gas, or water consuming device is the next likely egg in the nest (get it). Immediate future plans: Early 2014, will introduce Nest Protect model that works with wired security systems.
If you add enough “nestrogen” to anything, you can make it more lovable, networkable, energy efficient, and practical. If we’re going to keep taking bites out of our own poison privacy apple, we might as well make them as economically and aesthetically delicious as possible.
By the way, here’s what the U.S. Fire Administration/FEMA has to say about smoke alarms (though the statistics are capped at 2011 and the report was last reviewed March 14, 2013) :Learn About Smoke Alarms
Review of the Amazing Nest Protect Features:
In addition to an alarm sound, Nest Protect speaks to you with a human voice. It tells you what the problem is and where it is. And if you have more than one Nest Protect, they connect so they can speak up at the same time even if Wi-Fi is down.
Voice alarms can be important to your family’s safety. You have more information when seconds count. And according to a study, children can sleep through a beeping alarm. So Nest Protect sounds the alarm and uses a human voice to help kids wake up.
If Nest Protect’s carbon monoxide alarm goes off, your Nest Thermostat automatically turns off your gas furnace—a possible source of poisonous carbon monoxide leaks. In addition, the Nest Protect activity sensors improve the Auto-Away feature of your Nest Thermostat.
Low-battery chirps ever rattle your dreams? Nest Protect has a better way: Nightly Promise. It’s a quick green glow when the lights go out that means the batteries and sensors are working. It also means no dreaded chirps at midnight.
If there’s an issue, like the batteries need replacing, the light ring will glow yellow. Just wave at Nest Protect and it will tell you what’s wrong.
Nest loves reinventing the unloved. Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors needed love for sure! So do the other biggest users of electricity (after the already Nest thermostatically controlled equipment) when this smart grid, automated demand response thing really kicks into high gear: refrigerators, ovens, attic fans, and water heaters getting ready to pop their relief valves.
Primary Source: Nest website