|[June 24, 2014]
Nest + Developers: Making Homes Safer, More Energy Efficient and More Aware
PALO ALTO, Calif. --(Business Wire)--
Nest Labs, Inc. (www.nest.com)
today launched the Nest
Developer Program, which makes it possible for Nest and the more
than 5,000 developers who've expressed interest in the program to work
together to create meaningful interactions among Nest products and
others - both inside and outside of the home. More than just linking and
remote controlling the devices in your home, the Nest Developer Program
allows everything from lighting to appliances to fitness bands and even
cars to securely
connect with Nest products, bringing the conscious home to life by
making those homes safer, more energy efficient, and more aware.
"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," said Matt Rogers, founder and vice president
of engineering, Nest. "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."
with Nest integrations that are available now include:
IFTTT - Create your own connections with one simple statement:
"If This Then That." For example, "If my Nest Protect detects smoke,
then send a text message to my neighbors."
Jawbone - Nest knows which temperature you like and the Jawbone
UP24 band can tell when you wake up. Working together, Nest will start
to heat up or cool down the home before you even step out of bed.
LIFX - If Nest Protect detects elevated smoke or carbon
monoxide (CO) levels, LIFX light bulbs can flash red to let you know
there might be danger and help signal those who are hearing impaired.
And when you're on vacation and your Nest Thermostat is in Away mode,
LIFX can make it look as if someone's home by randomly turning on and
off lights throughout the house.
Logitech (News - Alert) - With the press of a button, the Logitech Harmony
Ultimate universal remote can dim your lights, turn on your TV and
start a movie. Now, it can also set the temperature on your Nest
Thermostat, all from the comfort of your couch.
Mercedes-Benz - Your car can tell Nest when you'll be home so
your thermostat can start heating or cooling at exactly the right
time. You don't end up wasting energy when yu're not home and you're
comfortable the moment you walk in the door. You can also safely check
on the status of your thermostat while driving.
Whirlpool - If your Nest Thermostat notices you're away, it can
have your Whirlpool washer and dryer keep clothes fresh and
wrinkle-free when the cycle ends. The dryer can also switch into a
longer, more energy efficient cycle when you're away. And if you're
enrolled in Rush
Hour Rewards with a participating energy provider, Nest can let
Whirlpool know when an energy rush hour is about to happen, and your
washer or dryer will delay the start of the cycle until the rush hour
Additional integrations launching this fall include:
Chamberlain - Open your garage with Chamberlain, LiftMaster or
most brands of garage door openers when you arrive, and Chamberlain
MyQ can tell Nest you're home. Close it on your way out, and your
thermostat can go into Away mode so you don't waste energy heating or
cooling an empty home.
Google (News - Alert) - Just speak a command, "OK Google. Set Nest to 75
degrees," and your Nest Thermostat will do as you say. And with Google
Now, you can be on your way home, and your thermostat will start
heating or cooling before you get there.
"When we first heard about the Nest Developer Program, we knew we wanted
to be a part of it," said Phil Bosua, LIFX founder and CEO. "Nest brings
a whole other dimension to LIFX. Who would have thought by combining
Nest products and LIFX products, we could help save lives?"
"We've been working with Nest to create a home experience that is both
purposeful and thoughtful," said Brett Dibkey, vice president and
general manager of Integrated Business Units for Whirlpool Corporation.
"Now, your thermostat can interact with your washer and dryer to keep
your clothes fresh until you need them, and even help you save energy."
And these are just the first of many Works with Nest experiences that
will be possible with the Nest Developer Program. For more information
and to learn about new Works with Nest products, visit www.nest.com/works-with-nest.
Tools for Developers
With the Nest application programming interfaces (API), all developers -
from global corporations and small companies to startups and hobbyists -
can access Home and Away states, smoke and CO alerts, and peak energy
rush hour events to build interesting and meaningful integrations while
maintaining control of their own user experiences. In all instances,
Nest customers must authorize a connection before any data is shared.
The Nest Developer Program provides developers with all the tools and
support they need to start building across iOS, Android (News - Alert) and the web, as
well as the ability to leverage the Works with Nest logo in their
product marketing. And to ensure communications between Nest and other
products are secure, Nest uses industry-standard SSL for encryption. For
more information about the Nest Developer Program, including Nest's
Developers who are registered for Google I/O can also attend Nest's
session titled, "Nest for Developers," on Thursday, June 26, at 2:00 PM
PDT to hear Matt Rogers and team discuss the program.
Thoughtful Things Fund
To fuel promising Works with Nest ideas that expand the possibility of
the conscious home, Google Ventures and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
will lead the Thoughtful Things Fund to provide developers an
opportunity to secure the support and visibility necessary for getting
projects off the ground.
"Nest is a great example of how the right idea can change the world,"
said David Krane, Google Ventures General Partner. "We invested in Nest
because we believe in the company's vision for the connected home. Nest
has delivered on that early promise, and now we're ready to support the
next generation of founders and companies to push the boundaries in this
Developers can submit their ideas at www.thoughtfulthingsfund.com.
Privacy and Security for Nest Customers
Nest believes in being open and honest about how we use customer data
and we do everything we can to protect customer information. For
authorization, we use the industry standard OAuth2.0. In addition, we
require that our developers let users know what information they're
requesting and why they're requesting it. That way, when users choose to
authorize a connection between their Nest device and another product,
they understand exactly what they're authorizing and how it will benefit
them. Nest limits the amount of data held by developers by not sending
them personally identifiable information about users or permitting them
to retain more than ten trailing days of data. Users can choose to
disconnect an integration at anytime. If for any reason they decide to
delete their Nest account, Nest will automatically disconnect any active
integrations, as well as erase their personal information from Nest
Nest reinvents unloved but important home products, like the thermostat
and smoke and CO alarm. The company focuses on delighting customers with
simple, beautiful and thoughtful hardware, software and services. The
Nest Learning Thermostat™ and Nest Energy Services offerings address
home energy consumption, and Nest Protect: Smoke + Carbon Monoxide™
helps keep people safe. Nest products are sold in the U.S., U.K. and
Canada, and are installed in more than 120 countries. The Nest Learning
Thermostat has helped save more than 2 billion kWh of energy to date.
The Nest Developer Program makes it possible for Nest devices to
interact with other products to help people save energy, improve their
safety, and stay comfortable in their homes. For more information, visit www.nest.com.
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