It will be available in early November

Nest has already revamped the conventional thermostat by creating a smarter, sleeker device that both reduces energy consumption and looks pretty hanging on the wall. Now, the Palo Alto, California-based company is giving the smoke detector a makeover as well.

Nest, a company made up of former Apple engineers, has created a new smoke alarm called "Protect," which detects smoke and carbon monoxide in the home -- and it's nothing like the one you grew up with. Gone are the days of annoying, rapid beeping until you climb up furniture or a ladder to hit the button. 

Instead, Protect beeps intermittently while a robot voice alerts you about what exactly is wrong. For instance, the robot will say things like “Heads-up, there’s smoke in the bedroom” or “Emergency, there’s smoke.”

“With our first product, the Nest Learning Thermostat, we set out to help people reduce home energy use,” said Tony Fadell, Nest founder and chief executive officer. “Now, we’re turning our attention to something that’s also important: keeping families safe in their homes. We’ve all experienced the smoke alarm going off while we’re cooking or searched for the source of that incessant low-battery chirp in the middle of the night. Every time a smoke alarm cries wolf, we trust it a little less, and then – in a moment of frustration – we rip the batteries out to stop the beeping. And that leaves us and our families at risk.”

Protect has both motion and smoke detection sensors. To turn it off when beeping, you simply wave your hand in front of it. 

Also, Protect connects to a Wi-Fi network, and owners can download the Nest Protect app to their phone to receive any alerts about smoke in their home while away. 

Nest Protect App

Protect is expected to hit stores in early November with a hefty price tag of $130. This seems pretty high compared to traditional smoke detectors, which can cost as low as $30, but Nest is betting that the added convenience will sway buyers to its latest device.  

Back in October 2011, Nest announced its smart thermostat that was capable of learning its environment and change temperature settings accordingly. It's currently available for $250 on the Nest website. 

Source: Nest

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