Home automation company Nest, owned by Google, recently announced some nice additions and improvements to its product line.
First up, the second-generation Nest Protect smoke detector is 11 percent smaller than the original and is designed to sit more flush against a ceiling or wall. The new split-spectrum sensor uses two different wavelengths of light to look for both fast and slow-burning fires.
The new model also has a 10-year lifespan and can automatically silenced from the Nest app, which was just updated to version 5.0.
It retails for $99 and can be purchased now from the Nest site.
After buying Dropcam for $555 million in 2014, Nest has also introduced the new Nest Cam. Featuring 1080p video capture, the new stand’s magnetic base can stick to metal, mounted directly to a wall, or even screwed onto a universal tripod. As for the camera itself, it also features improved night vision compared to the Dropcam Pro.
With the optional Nest Aware service, users can also pay a monthly subscription to scroll through 10 or 30 days of video content. Other features include the ability to make, save, and share three up to three hours of clips and section off activity zones around areas of specific interests.
The company’s Learning Thermostat will also receive a major software update starting next month. After being upgraded to version 4.5, the connected thermostat will send a message to your phone if your house gets too hot or cold. Nest Protect users can also see their smoke and CO alerts on the thermostat.
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