PALO ALTO, Calif. — Nest announced it is updating the company’s entire product line, introducing new Nest Learning Thermostat software features, the second generation Nest Protect, the new Nest Cam, and the Nest app 5.0.
• Nest Learning Thermostat: Nest will now send a message to the customer’s phone if their home gets too hot or too cold. So they’ll get a notification if their pipes could freeze or a pet could overheat. New integrations with Nest Protect have also been added. Customers can now see smoke and CO alerts right on the thermostat. The more places they see an alarm, the more chances they have of catching a problem early. The Nest Learning Thermostat and Nest Protect can also work together to turn off the home’s forced air heating and cooling system in a smoke or CO emergency. There's also improved control for multi-zone homes, making it possible to control up to 20 thermostats per home.
Nest is also introducing a new thermostat feature designed specifically for installers. Now when the thermostat is professionally installed in a customer’s home, the installer can add his company’s contact information in the thermostat’s settings by entering his Nest Pro ID number. From there, the information will be displayed on the screen so the customer knows how to reach the installer if needed.
• Nest Protect: The second generation Nest Protect smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarm offers a custom split-spectrum sensor that uses two wavelengths of light to look for both fast- and slow-burning fires. Nest Protect alarms can now be securely silenced from a customer’s phone using Bluetooth connection, and the look and feel of the alarm have been redesigned. The new Nest Protect will be shipping next month and will retail for $99.
• Nest Cam: With 1080p video quality, a versatile stand, and improved motion alerts and night vision, the new Nest Cam enables people to keep an eye on their home from anywhere. Nest Cam will be shipping this month in the U.S., retailing for $199.
• Nest app 5.0: For the first time, all Nest products can be controlled from a single app. On the home screen, each Nest thermostat, Nest Cam or Dropcam has its own spot, while all Nest Protects roll up into one icon. It’s now easier to get to and use popular thermostat functions like Energy History, Heat/Cool mode, and schedule. For the Nest Protect, the app provides access to Safety Checkup, which lets you test all alarms from the app, and App Silence lets you quiet false alarms from your phone.
In addition, Nest announced it is partnering with home insurance companies, starting with American Family and Liberty Mutual Insurance, to help customers stay safe while saving money on their insurance policies. Eligible customers can now get a Nest Protect for less or at no cost. And through Nest Safety Rewards, a participating Nest insurance partner may give customers a discount on their annual premiums.
For more information, visit www.nest.com.
Publication date: 6/15/2015