Recently the team at Nest Labs, Inc. released their second product, the newly developed smoke and carbon monoxide detection device called Nest Protect. Similar to the company’s prior product, the self-adjusting smart thermostat, these innovative entrepreneurs have once again reimagined an ordinary and impractical item which can be found on almost every home.
“With our first product, the Nest Learning Thermostat, we set out to help people reduce home energy use,” said Tony Fadell, Nest founder and chief executive officer. “Now, we’re turning our attention to something that’s also important: keeping families safe in their homes!”
The Nest Protect: Smoke + Carbon Monoxide™ is an innovative device: in case of potential danger, the detector doesn’t simply warn you through a shrill alarm. Instead it will let you know, where and what the problem is. This friendly Heads-Up warning gives you the chance to react to possible threats and act when there is a false alarm. No more swinging towels or brooms, simply hush the alarm by waving your hand in front of the device. Integrated in your smart home ecosystem via your mobile device, it messages you if the batteries run low, avoiding that all-too-familiar midnight low-battery chirp.
According to Tony Fadell the reasons behind their product innovation were quite obvious: “We’ve all experienced the smoke alarm going off while we’re cooking or searched for the source of that incessant low-battery chirp in the middle of the night. Every time a smoke alarm cries wolf, we trust it a little less, and then – in a moment of frustration – we rip the batteries out to stop the beeping. And that leaves us and our families at risk.” Studies in the United States have proven this intuition: the number one reason for smoke alarms to fail in a case of emergency was missing, empty or disconnected batteries.