Nest grows its home automation integration, Dropcam now in use
Home automation and the Internet of Things have become popular topics today. Users either love it or fear it, the latter thanks to very real security problems which have been discovered. Nest is no stranger to problems, thanks to its Protect issue from not long ago, but that hasn't stopped the company from moving forward, adding further integration.
The latest move is to partner with more home automation products in an effort to make everything play nicely together. The company, known for its smart thermostat, has joined forces with Whirlpool, Jawbone and LIFX under a program it calls "Works with Nest". It has also been working with home automation makers to get better integration.
Recently it purchased Dropcam, an in home camera system. Now the company lets us know that it's found a use for this new product acquisition. "When your Nest Protect alarm goes off, Dropcam records a clip of the smoke or carbon monoxide event and saves it for you, regardless of whether you pay for Cloud Recording. And when you set your Nest Thermostat to Away and walk out the door, Dropcam automatically turns on motion alerts so you’ll know if anyone’s in the house".
That was of the information coming out of CEDDIA (the Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association) show. Nest also reveals its supporting URC, RTI, Crestron and Control4. These can control lights, music, security and more. That means customers can control everything from one system.
The company promises more partners for Works with Nest are on the way, and it has big plans for the future. With the backing of Google, the money is there to innovate.