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It looks like Nest may have tipped its hand to reveal its next connected home venture: the smoke detector.

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After rethinking the thermostat, connected home goods company Nest will be tackling another essential home appliance: the smoke detector. Former Wall Street Journal technology reporter Jessica Lessin broke the news today on her website, and speculated that it could be part of a subscription service for the company.

AllThingsD also released a report on Nest’s latest adventure, adding that the product will be called “Protect.” There aren’t very many details about the utility of the product — and, for its part, Nest is remaining mum on the topic — but Lessin indicated that it likely will communicate with the Nest thermostat to gain a better understanding of temperature distribution. And, just maybe, there’s hope that it’ll have an easy-off feature in case of a false alarm.

The Nest’s learning thermostat has become a totem for the entire connected home movement, introducing users to smart appliances with its self-contained system. Nest CEO Tony Fadell will be speaking about the company’s commitment to connectedness at Roadmap 2013 in November, along with executives from GE, Adobe and Honeywell.

 

  1. Lots of buzz about the internet-of-things but it has taken so long for products to actually start rolling out.

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  2. When there’s a fire it will automatically communicate with your thermostat and shut off the furnace (and turn on the A/C, if available).

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    1. What would that accomplish? Cold air doesn’t put out a fire.

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      1. Maybe not, but at least you would save energy. No one likes high utility bills when their house is on fire.

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  3. Very interested, but I can’t imagine them offering any features valuable enough to make me sign-up for a subscription service. If they are going to do that, they need to get into the home alarm business, as people are already used to paying for monitoring of that.

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  4. .,..the case for a smart thermostat is clear.

    not so much for a smoke detector. I don’t want this thing trying to guess if there’s actually a fire (vs. burnt food)..

    If I accidentally set my toast on fire and trip the alarm… I’ll clear it myself. I certainly don’t need it to call the fire department on my behalf.

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