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.