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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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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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