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It's enlisting companies like Mercedes-Benz and Whirlpool

Google's Nest Labs is teaming up with some major players in an effort to position itself as the hub of the smart home. 
According to the latest blog post by Nest, the company has launched the Nest Developer Program, which includes the “Works with Nest” certification program. This means that Nest can work with other companies to make various gadgets "talk" to one another and perform actions based on a homeowner's behaviors. 
Some of the companies onboard the “Works with Nest” program are LIFX, Mercedes-Benz, Whirlpool, Logitech, Chamberlain and Jawbone. 
What does this mean for users? Well, with Whirlpool, the Nest thermostat can tell if the homeowner is away and instruct a connected dryer to switch to Fan Fresh mode. That way, the dryer’s cycle doesn’t end early and instead keeps running. 
With LIFX, the light bulbs can turn the light bulbs on to make it look like someone's home or flash red if a Nest Protect notices increased CO2 levels. 

“What we’re doing is making it possible for your Nest devices to securely interact with the things you already use every day," said Matt Rogers, Nest's founder.
"Things like lights, appliances, fitness bands and even cars. Because when we make connections between these different parts of your life, we can create personalized experiences that do even more to keep you comfortable and safe. And help you save energy around the house. Automatically."
Obviously, the Nest Learning Thermostat is at the center of all of this communication, putting Google in a nice place when it comes to smart home domination.
However, Google isn't the only one trying to be at the center of the smart gadget communication. Innovative company Quirky recently introduced Wink, which is a platform allowing different smart objects to interact in one ecosystem. 15 companies will offer nearly 60 Wink-enabled products by July 2014.
Apple also introduced HomeKit with iOS 8, which acts much like Wink and Nest, but likely won't be ready for launch until later this year. 

Source: Nest

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I hope
By BRB29 on 6/24/2014 1:28:33 PM , Rating: 2
I hope it's smart enough to blast me with warm air when I step out of the shower. i hate the cold feeling walking out of the shower.

RE: I hope
By inighthawki on 6/24/2014 6:52:04 PM , Rating: 2
Just shower without a curtain/door and your whole bathroom will be a shower. Then you never have to step out! Problem solved :)

RE: I hope
By BRB29 on 6/24/2014 6:56:06 PM , Rating: 3
and my bathroom floor will be soaking wet

RE: I hope
By Reclaimer77 on 6/24/2014 8:00:37 PM , Rating: 2
That's actually not a bad idea. I think there would have to be a wireless temperature/humidity sensor in your bathroom for the Nest to know you're taking a shower, but it seems totally doable.

RE: I hope
By Jeffk464 on 6/24/2014 10:44:47 PM , Rating: 2
You could also have an odor detector to turn the vent fan on and off. :)

RE: I hope
By Reclaimer77 on 6/25/2014 9:32:11 AM , Rating: 2
Right! Or tie the vent fan in with the humidity sensor so your bathroom doesn't get all foggy.

There's so much practical applications for smarthome tech. But some people are always going to be all "just get out of the shower (while soaking wet) and turn the fan switch on you lazy bum!!". Sigh.

RE: I hope
By atechfan on 6/26/2014 6:34:17 AM , Rating: 2
I thought most people just turned the fan on before they got in the shower.

RE: I hope
By Reclaimer77 on 6/26/2014 1:56:20 PM , Rating: 2
People also used to grow their on food, and make mattresses by stuffing sheets with straw.

Isn't technology grand? :)

RE: I hope
By drlumen on 6/25/2014 1:41:27 PM , Rating: 2
Or a flow sensor on the shower head.

RE: I hope
By marvdmartian on 6/25/2014 7:36:03 AM , Rating: 4
I hope they start getting a LOT more inventive in what they plan on doing with all this home automation stuff, because they haven't come up with a single thing, yet, to impress me enough to bother researching it.....let alone investing in it.

RE: I hope
By Jeffk464 on 6/25/2014 6:44:44 PM , Rating: 2
Control and monitor everything from your phone its like an all home universal remote.

By Jeffk464 on 6/24/2014 2:04:20 PM , Rating: 1
Let the games begin. Now that apple and google look like they are going to go full on into home automation we should finally get somewhere. Hopefully all devices will work like the nest thermostat and connect directly to the home router through wifi. Once again microsoft is sleeping, go figure.

RE: finally
By Reclaimer77 on 6/24/14, Rating: -1
RE: finally
By atechfan on 6/26/2014 6:37:21 AM , Rating: 2
Microsoft had home automation products 15 years ago. People didn't want it then. Whether it was an idea before its time, or just the technology wasn't really ready yet, I don't know, but it didn't sell. Maybe this time the idea will catch on, maybe not.

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