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| June 24, 2014
Google's Nest Launches New Developer Program For More 'Smart Home' Integrations
Nest has just opened its platform to other companies and developers with the launch of a new "smart home" initiative. Introduced by the popular maker of Internet-connected thermostats and smoke detectors in September last year, the Nest Developer Program is now officially open. "What we’re doing is making it possible for your Nest devices to securely interact with the things you already use every day," says Matt Rogers, Nest's founder and head of engineering. "Things like lights, appliances, fitness bands and even cars. Because when we make connections between these different parts of your life, we can create personalized experiences that do even more to keep you comfortable and safe. And help you save energy around the house. Automatically." The Nest Developer Program paves the way for any number of "Works with Nest" integrations, enabling various products and services to work with the Nest Learning Thermostat and the Nest Protect smoke and carbon monoxide detector. In fact, several of these integrations are already up and running, including the ones highlighted in the video below: If you can't see the video embedded above, please click here. As featured in the video, "Works with Nest" integrations are available for select products by Jawbone, Whirlpool, LIFX, and Mercedes-Benz. The Nest platform also already works with certain products made by Chamberlain and Logitech. The popular automation service IFTTT "Works with Nest" as well. And this fall, Nest will be integrated with Google Now, the intelligent personal assistant developed by Google, which acquired Nest for $3.2 billion several months ago. In line with the launch of the Nest Developer Program, Nest has also updated its Nest Mobile app for iOS with support for "Works with Nest" integrations. Nest, which recently acquired the home monitoring startup Dropcam, is by no means alone in working to quicken the adoption of smart home products. Earlier this month, Apple unveiled HomeKit, a set of tools that enable developers to make apps for smart home products. And just yesterday, the invention startup Quirky announced the imminent availability of more products integrated with its “instantly connected” Wink app.