PALO ALTO, Calif. — Nest Labs Inc. has announced several updates to its Works with Nest program, designed to provide a comprehensive platform for developers building connected home products.

Updates include:

• Nest Weave — Developed by Nest and previously used only in Nest products, this communication protocol lets devices talk directly to each other and to Nest products. Nest said the protocol solves many issues associated with connecting products in the home, including the ability to connect power-constrained devices as well as devices that require low latency and redundancy. The Linus lock by Yale is the first Works with Nest product to use Nest Weave.

• Nest Cam API — The new camera application programming interface (API) lets developers connect their products to Nest Cam for the first time. August, Mimo, Petnet, Philips hue, and Skybell are the first third-party products to launch Nest Cam integrations providing improved safety and awareness in the home.

• Works with Nest online store — The Works with Nest Store is an online catalog of all Works with Nest products. Nest developers can apply to have their products featured in the store so that customers can easily find and use them.

According to the company, more than 11,000 developers have accessed Nest’s APIs to connect with Nest products, and one in eight Nest homes are using a Works with Nest integration. With the addition of Nest Weave, the company said now any product can connect with Nest. Through Nest Weave or Nest’s cloud APIs, developers can access home and away states, smoke and carbon monoxide alerts, motion and sound alerts, and peak energy rush hour events to create integrations across iOS, Android, and the Web, while still maintaining control of their own user experiences.

In addition, developers can integrate their products with the Nest app and apply to have them included in the Works with Nest Store. And to help grow their businesses, developers can leverage Nest’s relationships with more than 40 retailers across 8,000 stores, professional installers, and energy companies around the world.

“Building a connected product is hard,” said Matt Rogers, vice president of engineering, Nest. “We’ve been doing it for the past five years and have first-hand experience with the challenges. That’s why we want to make it easier for developers. We’re offering proven technologies like Nest Weave, along with cloud services and the ability to integrate with the Nest app. Developers have an end-to-end solution when they work with Nest, and can use only the parts of the program that meet their needs.”

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Publication date: 10/5/2015

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