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This could be the new Nest thermostat


One of the (many) obstacles to higher adoption of smart home technology is the expense. Back in March, Bloomberg reported that Nest was developing a sub-$200 smart thermostat. A recent tweet from Evan Blass, better known as @evleaks, may show the new device.
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ó Evan Blass (@evleaks) August 19, 2017
Bloomberg initially said that the cheaper Nest thermostat would drop the metal edges and contain lower-end parts to keep the costs low. The leaked image certainly seems to match that description, with what appears to be a plastic face.
The new model is expected to be released sometime next year. Personally, I'm not a huge fan of this design, but the finished product could end up looking a bit different.
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Designed to be forgettable




Nest is debuting a new version of its thermostat today, the first truly different model since the product was introduced in 2011. Itís called the Nest Thermostat E, and it can do nearly everything the regular Nest Thermostat can do, except itís cheaper and housed in a brand new design ó one thatís intentionally much, much plainer.
Rather than a glossy metal ring with a big, bright screen in the middle of it, this version of the Nest Thermostat looks a lot more like other, duller thermostats. Itís a relatively plain white puck, and when itís on a wall, itís really easy to ignore.

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But thatís the point: Nest is trying to make a version of its thermostat with appeal beyond the gadget-loving crowd. It wants this to be a thermostat that you buy and forget about, but still get all the benefits that come with having some built-in intelligence. Namely, a reduced heating bill.
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But thatís the point: Nest is trying to make a version of its thermostat with appeal beyond the gadget-loving crowd. It wants this to be a thermostat that you buy and forget about, but still get all the benefits that come with having some built-in intelligence. Namely, a reduced heating bill.



To make the Nest Thermostat E more forgettable, Nest has hidden its display behind a frosted glass that blocks some light from coming through. Rather than a detailed interface, youíll see big, bubbly numbers and notches shine through when you spin the thermostatís ring around to set the temperature.
The simplified interface is really nice, although the display itself looks a bit fuzzy. I know itís ridiculous to complain about the sharpness of a thermostatís display (youíre going to stare at it for seconds of your life, at most), but between using a low-res 320 x 320 panel and then putting a piece of polarized glass on top to intentionally blur it, what you get is a softness that looks mostly stylized, and just a little bit bad. But again, itís not like youíre going to spend a lot of time looking at it.
Like other Nest Thermostats, this new one is connected to the internet and can also be controlled through a smartphone app. The thermostat will also use your phone to tell whether youíre home or away, so that it can adjust the temperature accordingly. Nest claims that its thermostats save homeowners between 12 percent and 15 percent on their heating and cooling bills on average each year, which is really the feature itís going to try to sell new customers on.
The only feature that the Thermostat E wonít have that Nestís higher-end thermostat has is a feature called ďfarsight,Ē which lets the thermostat tell when youíre across the room and then turn on its display to show you the time or temperature. I have no idea why anyone wanted this feature from a tiny thermostat screen in the first place, so youíre really not losing much.
Nest hopes to sell a lot more by making a less techy product
The Thermostat E will also be compatible with fewer heating and cooling systems (mostly higher-end ones, Nest says, like those that include a humidifier), but itís still supposed to be good for 85 percent of homes. The original Nest Thermostat is estimated to work with 95 percent of homes.
Otherwise, all of the traditional Nest Thermostat features are here, including presence detection and integration with third-party services through Works with Nest. That includes support for Amazonís Alexa and Googleís Assistant, though users of Appleís HomeKit platform are still out of luck.
The new model begins shipping tomorrow and sells for $169, while the traditional Nest Thermostat will remain on sale for $249 as a separate product line. In a briefing last week, a Nest representative said the company hopes to sell two to three times as many thermostats over the next four years, and much of that hope seems to rely on the cheaper Thermostat E ó which means itís going to have to make boring thermostats seem a lot more interesting.
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Nest sends out invitations to "big announcement" on September 20







Nest Labs, the home automation company behind the well-known smart thermostat, smoke detector, and other smart products, has just sent out press invitations to a "big announcement" on September 20 in San Francisco. This comes after just having announced the Thermostat E earlier today, which boasts a lower price tag and cleaner design.
It isn't clear what Nest plans to reveal at its press conference ó the invitation mentions popcorn and a couch, so maybe some sort of a TV remote or perhaps even a smart microwave? On the other hand, there's really no reason to assume that the invitation is even supposed to allude to anything, so your guess is as good as mine.
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Nest Secure : https://nest.com/alarm-system/overvi...nnounce%20post

Nest Hello:

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Nest introduces Hello, its first video doorbell

It has person-detection and facial recognition as well.














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It was just a few weeks ago that Nest introduced the E, a budget version of its smart thermostat; just a couple of months before that it unveiled the new Nest Cam IQ. But the company isn't not done announcing new products just yet. At an event in San Francisco this morning, Nest unveiled another new product: the Nest Hello, its first-ever video doorbell.




Nest says the device records 4:3 aspect ratio HD video with HDR and a 160-degree field of view. It also has a microphone button, a speaker, a light ring, and a status LED. And, of course, it connects to your phone via Bluetooth LE. According to Nest, the camera in the doorbell can let you see the person at your door from head to toe, with an aspect ratio that accommodates both the wide and tall view.
What's more, the Hello incorporates some of Nest Cam IQ's smart tech, with both person-detection and facial recognition. That means it knows when your grandmother's at the door, as opposed to a stranger, and it'll notify you appropriately. The Hello also has Quick Responses built in so you can just say "Leave package at the door" if it's the mailman.
There's also a Nap Time mode, which is great if you have small children. This way, you won't risk the doorbell waking them up during that time. If someone does come to the door, you'll get a notification on your phone. If you want to look at just who came by your door in the past few days, there's a feature called Sightline, that lets you look through days of footage. And ,last but not least, the Hello has a light underneath, which lights up the doorstep to welcome you home.
Nest hasn't announced pricing just yet, but Hello should be available in the first quarter of 2018.
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Nest Cam IQ update includes full-duplex audio, improved person alerts, and image rotation


The Nest Cam IQ already has a lot of smarts built-in, but it's getting even smarter with a new update. There are some changes to video and person detection, but probably the most important new feature is full-duplex audio. No more walkie-talkie-style conversations with people on the other end of the video feed.

Here's the notification sent out to Cam IQ owners.
With full-duplex audio, you can simply press the audio button and have a normal conversation. The camera is capable of audio input and output at the same time. Previously, you'd have to hit the button to talk, then release it to listen. Cam IQ will also gain the option to rotate the image upside down. That allows you to mount the camera to the ceiling rather than sitting it on a flat surface of attaching it to a wall. Video processing algorithms have been tweaked as well, with the aim of making person detection better. At launch, the Cam IQ was a little too quick to identify an inanimate object as a person.
You don't need to do anything on your end for this update. The Cam IQ will update automatically to the latest software version.
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Nest was acquired by Google in 2014 for $3.2 billion and everyone got excited about the two teaming up to build great things. However, in 2015, Alphabet was formed, and Google and Nest became separate brands. Nest has pretty much done their own thing while Google has done theirs. That could be changing soon.


According to the Wall Street Journal, Nest could be rejoining Googleís hardware team to build more smart home products. Nest devices are already closely integrated with Googleís home system, but this new relationship would bring all of Nestís employees to the Google team. This would allow them to compete with Amazonís Echo ecosystem much more easily.
Do you use Nest products? Do you have them integrated with Google services?
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Nest Secure review: Security comes at a price



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Nest has made its name by adding smart features to things that you might already have around the house. It's worked pretty well in the past with devices like the Nest Thermostat, but home security is a more serious business. It's different than a thermostatópeople rely on a security system to control access to their homes. The new Nest Secure is trying to take the place of an existing product with an important function. It's a balancing act between convenience and safety, and Nest mostly gets it right. The hardware is capable and innovative, and setup was a breeze for me. However, it's missing a few features, and the price is high at $500. That's just the starter pack, too. If you want to outfit all your doors and windows, get ready to spend a whole lot more.

The Good

The app The Nest app is excellent, and Secure integrates with all your other Nest devices (assuming you have some). It makes for a nice little dashboard of your home. Nest Detect This one device can go on a door, window, or on a wall to detect motion. Works with some other Nest devices Your Nest cameras will record during an alarm, and home/away assist works with Secure. Quiet Open It's easy to open doors without going through the hassle of disarming and re-arming the system. Access history See what's been going on in the house for the last ten days in just a few taps.
The Not So Good

Price $500 for the starter pack is steep for the Guard with two Tags and Detects. Wasted Detect features The Detects are $60 each, and the motion detection features don't work if you mount them on windows. Your house probably has a lot of windows. No Assistant There's no integration with Google Assistant.
Setup and the basics

The Nest Secure consists of three pieces: The Nest Guard, Nest Detect, and Nest Tag. The Guard is the heart of the systemóit's the keypad hub that connects to all your other Secure devices and bridges them to your WiFi network. It also looks like someone chopped a Google Home in half. The Nest Detect is the all-in-one sensor gadget used to monitor for open doors and motion. Finally, the Nest Tag (touching the Guard up top there) is the NFC-enabled key fob that can disarm your system.
Now that we've got the terminology straight, let's talk about getting all these things up and running. To set up the Secure, you need to have the Nest app on your phone. Nest's setup process has always been good. Despite a few small bumps, it's the same story with the Secure.

Like other Nest products, the app guides you through the setup process one step at a time as you scan each device's QR code sticker. The app has you configure your Guard with a passcode, and then you test each Detect. The Detects can be mounted on doors, windows, or walls with an adhesive or mounting hardware (I just used the adhesive). There's an LED in the Detect that lights up to help you test the location and motion detection sensitivity, which is very clever. There's also a button on the end for Nest's Quiet Open feature (more on that later). My only issue here was some confusing terminology in the app. You have to choose a name for the detect and then choose a location for it. At first, it looks like you're just repeating the same step over.
The Guard should be placed close to where you usually enter and leave the house. That might mean placing it out in the open, but it's not an obnoxiously gadgety piece of hardware. The keypad lights up only when you need to enter your code, and even the mode indicator buttons around the perimeter are off unless it detects motion. Yes, there's a motion sensor in the Guard hub in addition to the Detects, which is a nice touch. Around back is a panic button you can press in the event of an emergency regardless of whether or not the system is armed. There's a battery backup and (optional) cellular backup inside to keep it operating if the plug is removed or your internet is down.

The Guard awaiting the passcode.
Like other Nest products, the Guard talks to you when there's something to point out. For example, it tells you how long until the system is armed and to enter your passcode when you press the disarm button. When something triggers the armed system, the Guard tells you what's wrong in the "pre-alarm" phase before the siren goes off.
Setting up the Tags is quick and easy. Just scan the tag and assign it to someone in the house. The Tag works alongside the individual PIN codes people set up, so you don't have to choose one or the other. You can also shut off the Tag from your app in case you lose one.

App and features

All features of the Nest Secure are configured and controlled from the same Nest app that plugs into the company's thermostats, cameras, and other devices. When you assign rooms to the various pieces of Nest Secure, they appear in the rooms listed in the app alongside your other Nest devices (assuming you have any). Tapping on any Nest Secure item in the main app interface opens the Secure dashboard interface.

At the top of the Secure UI is a slider for turning the alarm on and off. There are actually three settings hereóoff, home and guarding, and away and guarding. In home guarding mode, the door and window sensors are active, but motion detection is off. In away guarding mode, you get motion detection and door monitoring. This mode also comes with a 30-second countdown when enabled so you can get out of the house without triggering the alarm. That's obviously necessary if you use the button on the Guard to set the alarm, but the app can be used once you're already outside.
Let's say you don't remember to set the alarm when leaving. The Nest app has home/away assist, and Secure plugs into that. The alarm won't enable automatically, but the app does push a notification asking if you'd like to arm the system. Nest says this helps prevent accidental alarms compared to just enabling the system automatically. You get a similar notification when arriving home. I really wish I could have the Secure push this same notification on a schedule to arm the system at night. In the event an alarm does go off, any Nest cameras you have will turn on and begin recording.

At the bottom of the Secure screen in the Nest app are two useful options. One provides a shortcut to your family and guest settings, allowing for the addition or removal of people from the household. You can, for example, grant temporary access to a guest or add your new roommate to the Secure from this menu. The other option is history. The Secure tracks everything that happens for a period of ten days into the past. Each time you arm or disarm the system, it logs who did it and when. It even records when doors are opened and closed regardless of whether the system is armed.

Living with the Nest Secure

One of the main annoyances with home security systems in general is the clunky arming and disarming process, and Nest tried to address that in several ways. It was overall successful, but some parts of Secure feel unfinished. Having lived with the Secure for a few weeks, my favorite thing about it is Quiet Open, which means much less changing of the armed status. Just press the button on your Detect, and you can open the door without triggering the alarm. You don't even have to check whether or not the alarm is on, which has led me just to press the button when I have any reason to think the alarm might be on. It's great for letting the dog out or leaving for an early appointment without disturbing anyone. If you don't want Quiet Open to work on your system, it can be turned off in the settings.

Detect in Quiet Open mode.
The Nest Tag goes toward the same goal of making home security easier. It does help. but it's not as cool as I'd hoped it would be. Tapping the tag on the Guard is theoretically easy if you've got it on your keys and they're already out, but in practice, it needs to be touching the surface for a second or two in order to read. It doesn't really save me much time compared to using a PIN.
The location-based notifications to arm Secure are useful, but there's no Assistant integration at all. I could understand not allowing the system to be disarmed by voiceóthat's something we see with a lot of remote door locks. However, you can't arm or even check the status of Secure via Assistant. This is a major oversight.
The Detect sensors are a really impressive piece of hardware in practice. This one device can work on a door, window, or just on a wall as a motion sensor. The motion detection area isn't as wide as some standalone sensors, but it's good enough to cover most rooms. However, the motion detection hardware is disabled if it's mounted on a window (because curtains). The starter kit comes with two Detects, and each additional one costs $60. You probably have more windows than doors, so you'd pay $60 for each extra window sensor. That seems wasteful considering the motion detection hardware won't even be used. I know the goal is simplicity, but Nest should have a cheaper window-only sensor.
It also strikes me as odd that you cannot use the motion sensors in devices like the Nest Thermostat to cover more rooms via Secure. Maybe these sensors aren't of the same quality as the Detect, but making it an advanced option would be nice. These $60 all-in-one sensors are just a tough sell.

Guard with mode buttons illuminated.
I do appreciate the addition of a low-sensitivity mode for the Nest Detect sensors, though. As I mentioned above, I have a dog (under 20 pounds). The first time I armed the system after setting it up, the dog almost immediately tripped the motion sensor. Turning on low-sensitivity mode on the living room Detect solved the problem. Now, it only alerts when a roughly person-sized object passes by the sensor.
When the system is tripped, you have 30 seconds to disarm. You can do so via the Guard (if you're home) or in the app. By default, the alarm countdown is 60 seconds, and the lowest setting is 30 seconds. That still seems a little long, but the Guard will speak during that time to explain the reason for the alert (eg. "The side door was opened"). The alarm is loud (Nest says 85 dB), and it sounds for ten minutes after being tripped. The alarm is loud enough to be heard everywhere inside my house, as well as in the immediate vicinity outside. The Nest app gets alarm notifications with a disarm button and the aforementioned video feed from any Nest cameras you have in the same area. If you have the Moni professional monitoring, you'll also be contacted by an agent at this point.

Conclusion

There are a lot of things to like about the Nest Secure. Setup is easy, and it plugs into the same excellent app you might already be using to keep an eye on your home. The Detect sensors are incredibly powerful, and the Quiet Open feature is genius. The basic operation of Secure is slick and well-implemented.
I do have qualms about the lack of Assistant integrationóthis seems like a no-brainer. Hopefully that's rectified at a later date. The Detect sensor is also really expensive, and some of its features won't work if mounted on a window. You only get two of these $60 sensors in the starter kit, which is $500. My relatively small house has nine ground level-accessible windows, so I'd need $540 worth of Detects just to protect all points of entry. Nest needs to make a cheaper window-only sensor without motion detection and Quiet Open.

The Guard in pre-alarm mode.
The issue with Detect pricing feeds into the primary issue with Secure overall: the $500 price tag is steep. If Ring ever gets its legal issues with Protect worked out, it will cost less than half as much. For now, I think Nest Secure has some appeal to people who have already invested in other Nest Products, specifically Nest security cameras. I don't see a lot of people picking up the Secure without already being in the Nest ecosystem, though. If you're on the fence, I'd wait it out a little and see if more economical options come along. The upcoming release of Nest's Secure-compatible smart locks might sweeten the deal, though.
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Android Security Exec Now Heads Nestís Security Unit




Android Security Director Adrian Ludwig left his post at Google in order to formally join its parent company Alphabet as a Director of Security and Privacy for Nest, one of the tech giants ďOther BetsĒ that deals in various Internet of Things devices. Mr. Ludwig announced his professional milestone in a Google+ post earlier this week, adding that he assumed his new duties in December. The Android Security unit is now directly led by Dave Kleidermacher, Googleís Vice President and Head of Security for Android, Chrome OS, and the Play Store, though a direct replacement for Mr. Ludwig may be named in the near future.


Nestís new director has been with Google since mid-2011, having worked as Android Security Director for more than six and a half years. Prior to his move to the Mountain View, California-based tech giant, Mr. Ludwig spent over half a decade at Adobe Systems where he filled various positions ranging from a Product Security Manager to a Group Manager of the entire Flash Platform Product Marketing division. The move comes amid reports that Google is pondering the possibility of reabsorbing Nest Labs under its corporate umbrella after spinning it off as one of Alphabetís side projects during its 2015 restructuring. Nest remains one of the search giantís largest acquisitions to date, having cost the company $3.2 billion in early 2014. While originally establishing itself as a pioneer of smart thermostats at the turn of the decade, Nest eventually transitioned to a broader IoT market in which it currently operates.






Industry sources previously said Nest and Google have been exchanging employees for the better part of the last two years and as their offerings are gradually becoming more integrated with one another, a formal merger would make sense in order to fully capitalize on such synergies and possibly even boost Nestís brand by combining it with that of Google, especially since many consumers still arenít associating the two companies with each other. Regardless of whether a consolidation ends up happening going forward, Nestís brand is unlikely to be discontinued, even though the firm is expected to put a much larger focus on intertwining its offerings with Google-made products and services over the course of this year.
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Yale x Nest Lock is Finally Coming in March

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Yale and Nest teamed up at least a year ago to announce that they were creating the ultimate smart lock. For reasons will likely never know, the lock is only now arriving in 2018.
The Yale x Nest Lock youíll get controls over this Yale product within the Nest app, which is a big deal. Up until now, you could only control Nest products within the Nest app and would have to rely on other apps to control other pieces of your smart home. While this isnít a sign that Nest is opening up to all Ė because this is a partnership Ė itís a pretty cool addition to the Nest line-up.




The Yale x Nest Lock doesnít feature any key hole, so itís completely controlled either by app or through its outer-facing touchpad that takes codes. You can distribute codes to friends and family, itíll lock itself if needed and send you alerts, and you can remotely lock or unlock from anywhere.
This new smart lock from Yale and Nest will go up for pre-order in February and arrive in March. We do not yet know pricing.
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