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Nest Is Losing Its Hardware Chief & Engineering Manager




After failing to meet sales goals following their acquisition by Google, Nest began to have a bit of a rough time. In the midst of a large number of employees leaving, being let go or being reshuffled, it was revealed that Nest’s shortfalls had begun to cause a somewhat unfriendly culture shift within the company, putting more stress than ever on leaders. As Google begins to take a more realistic and businesslike approach to some of their non-core operations, it’s not terribly hard to see why Nest has been, in essence, scrambling to get their act together. While their $340 million sales figure for 2015 doesn’t exactly depict a company on the verge of failure, the numbers are far from what Google expected when they bought them up. With Nest founder Tony Fadell busy with Google projects, such as Aura, the highest-up in Nest were forced to rely on him less. It is in this climate that news has broken about the planned departure of two of the company’s key employees, hardware design and engineering director Shige Honjo and senior engineering manager Scott Mullins.
Honjo, who had made his way over from Apple back in 2010 as Nest’s second employee, quickly proved himself incredibly capable and climbed the corporate ladder while earning his reputation as one of Fadell’s “firemen”, those who could extinguish problems and troubleshoot quickly and effectively. Back in 2013, he found his way into Nest’s team of top executives. He’s reportedly heading over to work on Glass now.
When Scott Mullins hit the scene at Nest in 2012, they were just beginning to come into their own and catch the eyes of tech giants. Rather than starting somewhat from the bottom as Honjo did, Mullins was brought on as a director of hardware engineering. Coincidentally, he, too, had made his way over from Apple. It’s not a stretch to think that, for a time, Honjo may have actually worked under Mullins before Honjo achieved his executive rank in 2013. At the moment, Nest hasn’t commented with any details regarding the reasons for the departure.
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Nest Shutting Down Revolv Hubs on May 15th, 2016




In a little over a month, Nest is going to essentially “brick” your Revolv Hub. The company has announced in a blog post over on Medium, that they are planning to shut down the Revolv Hubs on May 15th, 2016. Now they aren’t just putting it on “end-of-life” status, but they are killing all functionality that came with the Revolv Hub. This hub was essentially the first step into the connected home, and having all sorts of products for the connected home work with each other. Think of it as a central hub for your Nest products, your WeMo and other smart home products. Now, Nest is deciding to kill all functionality for it. The company stated that they “believe that Works with Nest is a better solution” and also noted that they are allocating all of their resources to Works with Nest. This program essentially allows other companies to build products that will work great with your Nest products. Whether that be the learning thermostat, Nest Protect or the Nest Cam.
Back in October of 2014, Nest acquired Revolv. After being acquired, Revolv stopped getting new customers and also stopped selling their devices. However they did continue to support their product for the 18 months following the acquisition. It’s a bit sad to see it go away now, but the founders of Revolv are at peace with that. In a letter from the founders, Tim and Mike, they noted that Revolv “was a great first step into the connected home.” They admitted that Revolv wasn’t perfect, of course back then the connected home was still very, very new to people. Since being acquired in late 2014, the founders note that they’ve been working at Nest on the “Works with Nest” program and that Revolv has been an integral part in that program. Works with Nest is now more secure, and useful, according to Revolv’s founders.
Having said that, this shut down shouldn’t be a big surprise. It’s been a long-time coming, and it’s now inferior to the Works with Nest program. Which was essentially the point here. If you own a Revolv Hub, your days of it working is limited, about 5 weeks from now, it will no longer work.
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Turn Your Nest Thermostat Into a Motion Detector With IFTTT



A smart thermostat manages your home’s temperature automatically, but there’s another interesting way to use it: as a motion detector. You just need a little help from IFTTT.



How-to Geek walks you through the process of setting up an IFTTT recipe to connect your Nest thermostat with your phone so you can get a text or call when Nest detects motion.


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First, you’ll need to enable the HOME/AWAY ASSISTfunction from the Nest app so that when you’re home and Nest detects your motion, it will automatically set your status to HOME. From there, just connect your Nest app in IFTTT.



How-to Geek’s Craig Lloyd went ahead and created the IFTTT recipe for this you, but it’s pretty easy to do yourself, and then you can customize it. Just set up an IFTTT trigger to text or call your phone when Nest sets to HOME. If you get a text and you’re not home, you might have a break-in on your hands. Or maybe your house is just haunted. Either way, you’ll know when something is up.
This could probably work with other smart devices that use motion detection, too. You can browse IFTTT’s many channels to see if your device is listed, then just follow the rest of the steps for setting up the recipe. Lloyd outlines them in detail at the link below.




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Fadell Joins Google’s TGIF Meeting to Defend Nest




Lately, there has been a good bit of controversy in the press about Nest, and a good bit of it has come from current and former employees venting on sites like Medium and Reddit. We’ve heard things like employees crying in the bathroom, and Tony Fadell scraping projects late into the development stage and much more. It has just sounded like a huge mess over there at Nest. We also heard that when Google purchased Nest, they agreed to a contract which gave Tony Fadell two years to run Nest with basically an unlimited budget. And that contract runs out at the end of this year. With Nest not performing all that great – and have yet to release an actual product since Google purchased them – his future at Google is up in the air. So, Fadell headed to Google’s weekly staff meeting, also called the “all hands” meeting, to defend his company.
The meeting in question, was the April 1st meeting. Fadell arrived and stated that he was “incredibly disheartened” by all of the recent articles hitting the internet about Nest. He also reassured Googlers that Nest’s culture was improving. He did admit that Nest is “not perfect” and went on to say that no company and no one is perfect. Fadell also told everyone that they know what their problems are, and have been working to address them over the past two years. Of course, Fadell also denied reports that innovation at his company has stalled. He stated that sales have improved every year. In fact, Fadell stated that Nest is on pace to beat their sales target for Q1. We will find out a bit more on that next week when Alphabet reports their earnings for the first quarter.
Fadell continued his part of the meeting by talking about respect, which has been another big topic in recent reports. Fadell noted that he does respect Nest employees, and Google employees. Stating that “we try to work very hard together and partner in many different areas around the different companies.” As you know, Alphabet has a ton of different companies under their umbrella, many of which do drastically different things. Fadell went on to say that he respect’s former Nest and Google employees as well. Fadell was pretty hurt, when reading reports about him not respecting his employees. Stating that he gives “respect because I want to get respect.”
It’s clear that Tony Fadell went to Google’s meeting to defend Nest, and it’s something that needed to be done with all of the negative press as of late. Fadell was correct in saying they have launched “four all new products”, but they were just iterations of their already existing products. Not actually new products. With one being a rebrand of Dropcam. It’s clear that there’s a dark cloud hanging over Nest right now, and 2016 may be a pretty rocky year for them.
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Belkin WeMo Joins ‘Works With Nest’ Program





Nest has perhaps the best smart thermostat on the market. Not just in the looks of the thermostat, but also in the way that it works and works with other smart home products. Nest debuted their ‘Works with Nest’ program almost two years ago. Which is essentially a group of products that can talk with Nest’s products like their Learning Thermostat or the Protect (smoke detector). Today, there’s a new member that was added to that family. That is Belkin WeMo. Now it’s limited to just the WeMo switches and WeMo Maker, but that’s all you really need.

What this means is that you can now choose to automatically have the lights switch on when you get home, as well as raising or lowering the temperature on your thermostat. It makes it easier to toggle everything on or off, from your smartphone. Instead of needing to use the WeMo app and Nest’s app individually, you can just use the WeMo app which is being updated today for both Android and iOS. The WeMo app will have control of the Nest Thermostat’s target temperature as well as the ability to turn on the fan. Making it a whole lot easier for most people that already use WeMo’s line of products.

Those of you that may be unfamiliar with Belkin WeMo, it’s a line of smart home products, similar to Philips Hue, which can be controlled with the aforementioned app. Additionally, it has support for all sorts of automation services like IFTTT, Amazon’s Alexa and now works with Nest. The most popular products in the WeMo line are arguably their switches and light bulbs. The light switches are neat because you can control them with your smartphone without needing to replace the light bulbs throughout your home. Another neat product of theirs is the WiFi-enabled Crock-Pot. This means you’ll be able to turn on your Crock-Pot to start cooking your meal when you aren’t home. Making for a pretty awesome experience.
The WeMo app isn’t yet updated with Nest support, but it should be getting it by 3PM today, according to Belkin’s announcement.
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This is the new CEO who will try to save Nest

Meet Marwan Fawaz



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In a surprise announcement earlier today, Nest cofounder Tony Fadell revealed that he is stepping down from the CEO role he's held since co-founding the company in 2011. Fadell guided Nest from its earliest days to its acquisition by Google, and on through its transition under the Alphabet umbrella. But the company has come under criticism in the past year as it arguably bungled its acquisition of Dropcam and, according to Recode, failed to meet Google's expectations.
It's up to Marwan Fawaz to turn it around. Fawaz, who was named Nest CEO today — and received strong endorsements from Alphabet's Larry Page and the outgoing Fadell — has a background in the cable and communications industry. At Charter and Adelphia, he served as chief technical officer. Fawaz also spent time at Motorola Mobility as CEO of Motorola Home, the division responsible for set-top boxes and cable modems. (Motorola Home was sold to Arris during Google's ownership of Motorola Mobility.) Most recently, Fawaz has been consulting with his firm Sarepta Advisors and serving on the boards of billing and customer care company CSG International and Synacor, neither of which are exactly household names in consumer electronics.


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In a statement, Nest said "his deep engineering and operational expertise across a range of tech businesses, and his experience will be extremely valuable as Nest enters its next phase of growth."


Fawaz may be an experienced executive in the cable and telecommunications industry, but he's not the media darling that Fadell was, thanks to a track record that included serving on the team behind the original iPod at Apple. Fadell was often criticized for his combative management style, so it will be interesting to see how Fawaz is in comparison. One interesting note: according to his LinkedIn profile, Fawaz is located in Denver, where Nest has an office and a number of employees. Nest did not say if he'd be relocating to Silicon Valley or not.
Overall, it's not clear exactly what this transition means for Nest, and there are many unanswered questions — for starters, why isn't Nest being absorbed into Google's hardware division? But Fadell says in his statement that the company has "a well-defined, two-year product roadmap in place."
Given how long it's been since Nest released a truly new product and not just a minor update of its existing devices, Fawaz will have his work cut out for him. The question is, will he be able to turn up the heat at Nest and get the company back on track?
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Nest’s New CEO Reassures Employees That Nest Is Not For Sale




Nest has seen its fair share of headlines of late. In reality, this is not a new thing as ever since Google purchased Nest back in 2014, the company has repeatedly hit the headlines with criticisms of poor sales, employee unrest and generally a bad feeling within the Nest walls. Problems which only seemed to intensify when Next spread its wings and became its own company under Alphabet. As such and when taken together, these reports have continually led to much speculation on the future of Nest and whether it would be sold off at some point.

A notion which gained even more traction when the news broke last week confirming that the then Nest CEO, Tony Fadell, was flying the coop and leaving the company. The man brought in to replace Fadell was Marwan Fawaz and it seems one of Fawaz’s first jobs is to try and quell the unrest and realign the perception of Nest, both internally and outside. A job which is beginning with Fawaz reassuring staff that Nest is not for sale.

An internal memo sent out by Fawaz to Nest employees has now been picked up by The Verge and while on the face of it, this is more of a ‘welcome letter’ to the team, the memo does highlight that one of its main purpose is to alleviate some of the unrest. In talking about the forward direction for Nest (under Fawaz), the memo notes that the intention for Nest “is to scale and grow with innovative products.” Along with the very clear statement that “Nest is not for sale.” Further adding to what seems to be a general employee feeling of uncertainty, the memo also picks up on that “many of you have asked if there’s a change in strategy or direction.” A notion Fawaz is quick (and to the point) in stating “There is not.” Before further explaining that the company’s objective remains the same, keeping to the same roadmap that was already in place.
Of course, whether this will help to alleviate both internal and external concerns over Nest, remains to be seen. However, what is clear is the current memo does act as further evidence that as well as the already widely reported on general feeling of unhappiness at Nest, there is also a general feeling of uncertainty there now too.
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Nest has been in much turmoil lately, with rumors surrounding the fact that Google wasn’t happy with the direction of the company, then with Tony Fadell leaving Nest for Alphabet. With a whole slew of questions surrounding Nest, it would only be natural to assume that there may be a sale in order for the company.

In order to make its employees rest easy, the new CEO, Marwan Fawaz, sent an email out giving some details about the future of the company. The Verge was able to get its hands on the email which gave us some great insight as to what’s coming to Nest. Obviously, the big quote from the email is that “Nest is categorically not for sale”. Which is great news for the company’s employees along with the continued focus on growth for Nest.
Something worth noting after reading the email from the CEO isn’t in regards to the status of a Nest selloff, but instead, a mention of a new product that is redacted.
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We need to focus on delivering the great roadmap we have in place, beginning with [redacted]. – Marwan Fawaz, CEO of Nest
There haven’t been any mentions of a new product from Nest.In fact, after the acquisition of Dropcam, there hasn’t been many rumblings about new products from Nest, other than the unrest within the company. We’ll have to keep our eyes peeled to see what’s in the pipelines.
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Rumor: Weather-Proof Version of Nest Cam in the Works




Nest has seen a lot of the spotlight in the last few months, for the most part, it hasn’t been a good thing. Rumor had it that Nest had an unlimited budget when Google bought them, which changed once Alphabet was formed, which led to Fadell stepping down last week. There have also been reports that the atmosphere at Nest is not the best, and has led to many departures, including Dropcam’s CEO just months after Nest bought his company. Reports surfaced after Fadell stepped down that, once Alphabet was formed last year, his priorities as CEO of Nest had changed. Instead of building innovative products, Fadell was forced to grow the business and profits. Leading to him stepping down.

Now that Nest has a new CEO in Marwan Fawaz, the future may be bright for this company. Their roadmap just leaked out this week, and shows a couple of products that the company is working on. There are two products shown, and while they are new, they are actually just evolutions of their current products. First up, the Nest Learning Thermostat is going to be available in “tasteful” colors. Now the source didn’t state what colors would be coming, but just that they are “tasteful”, so we’ll have to wait and see what that might mean.

The second product is an outdoor version of the Nest Cam. Perhaps more accurately, a weather-proof version of the Nest Cam. This outdoor Nest Cam will also use a power cord. Which means that users won’t need to remember to replace the batteries. But that also means you’ll need to run a power cord out to the camera. Which can be a bit of a nuisance for some. What’s also interesting about this rumor, is that 2016 isn’t going to be a very exciting year for Nest. However, 2017 is slated to be a big year for the company. The rumor mill hasn’t said anything specific just yet, but wording in this rumor has everyone thinking that it is going to be around home security.
It appears that Nest is beginning to get its priorities straight, which are reportedly to make money under Alphabet. Something that Alphabet expects all of their subsidiaries to be able to do. While this outdoor Nest Cam and new colors of the Nest Learning Thermostat may not be that exciting, they will definitely drive some sales for the company.
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Nest launches its first outdoor camera

This weatherproof Nest Cam is for catching thieves.
















While speculation about the future of the Nest is at an all time high since its founder and former CEO Tony Fadell departed in June, the company is still adding new products to its line. Well not so much new. The Nest Cam Outdoor has the same guts as its indoor counterpart, but in a weatherproof case.




In addition to a new waterproof white housing, the Nest Cam Outdoor uses magnets and screw-on mounts (if needed) to attach to the outside of your home. The magnetic bond between the concave base and actual camera will allow you to point it in nearly any direction. It also has to be plugged into an outlet instead of using batteries like some other security cameras on the market. The company says plugging it in has its advantages.
Nest says the Nest Cam Outdoor is superior to other outdoor security cameras on the market because it's always recording and uploading footage to the cloud. Battery-powered cameras tend to start capturing video only when they notice movement. The latency between a detected motion and recording could mean the difference between catching a thief and only seeing a few frames of a burglar's foot as they leave your home.
The plug-in strategy means if the power goes out, the camera is immediately useless. There's also the problem of no on-board storage in case the WiFi in your home dies. But if you have a strong network, power outages are rare in your area and you have an outlet outside your home, Nest Cam Outdoor has some impressive specs.
Well impressive because it's the same as the indoor Nest Cam. It shoots in 1080p with a 130-degree view. Its night vision is lit by eight infrared LEDs and all that video streaming is encrypted. The camera is available for preorder for $199 and will ship in the fall.

In addition to a new camera, Nest also announced a redesigned app that launches at the end of the month. Soon users will be able share password-protected video streams privately with other people. Great for when you need someone to keep an eye on your home for a short period of time.
The updated app also introduces "Spaces." The feature organizes a person's suite of Nest products by the rooms they're in. For example, if you have a Protect and Cam in the living room and a Cam in the upstairs bedrooms, that would could as two Spaces.
While it's not pumping out new products, Nest is still working on refining what it already does well.
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Seems gimmicky. Would be easy to get around for most thieves.
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Robotics and Machine Learning Expert Yoky Matsuoka Returning to Nest After Leaving Apple


Last May, Apple hired Nest's former Vice President of Technology, Yoky Matsuoka, to help run the company's health initiatives, but she ended up leaving Apple towards the end of 2016. Matsuoka is now joining the Nest team once again as the Alphabet-owed company has re-hired the robotics expert as the Chief Technology Officer for the Nest Learning Thermostat (via Bloomberg).

In her new role, she will "define a long-term technology roadmap" for the smart home accessory company, using her expertise in machine learning.

Matsuoka is also said to be encouraged by Alphabet to identify other companies under the corporate umbrella where Nest might be able to form a beneficial partnership through collaborations "on technology and product development."
Alphabet Inc. re-hired Yoky Matsuoka to oversee technology at its Nest Labs Inc. smart home unit, snapping up the robotics and artificial intelligence expert after she recently left Apple Inc.

As Chief Technology Officer, Matsuoka will work closely with Nest's engineering and product teams to define a long-term technology roadmap. She'll be responsible for identifying important enabling technologies for Nest products and services, such as sensors and machine learning, while partnering with outside companies.
During her time at Apple, Matsuoka worked under the company's chief operating officer Jeff Williams, who is in charge of Apple's health initiatives like ResearchKit, HealthKit, and CareKit. Originally at Nest, Matsuoka developed the technology that lets the Nest Learning Thermostat adapt to environmental conditions and learn from past usage. She also co-founded the experimental project lab Google X, which has created Google's self-driving car and Google Glass.

Matsuoka was part of Nest when it was founded by "iPod father" Tony Fadell in 2010, but Fadell has now left the company, noting in a blog post last summer that it was the right time to "leave the Nest." Since he left, Fadell has become an advisor to Nest and Alphabet CEO Larry Page. According to Bloomberg, Matsuoka's return to Nest might help lead to a smoother 2017, following a few years of protracted product releases and recalled devices.
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Well joined the Nest family this weekend. Was at the home show this weekend, our utilities company has a normal $75 mail rebate on smart thermostats, but at the show they were having an instant $100 rebate for the Nest, got it installed easily.

Do have a question though for the home/away function, do you have to have nest account for it to work? Seems all searching says yes, but I don't want to have to make my kid and Mother-in-law to have nest accounts for the thermostat to realize they are home and make sure the heat is running. right now I have a schedule setup, but I have my wife and I setup in the home/away assist. Plus I really don't want to give my MIL app access to the thermostat if I don't have to.
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If you want the phone to use it, then you gotta be signed into AN account.

Otherwise you can rely on the thermostat itself.
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So the motion sensor inside it will kick the heater on if it detects somebody is home? So even if I have a schedule of say 65 degrees 6am-3pm, but somebody not setup in the auto home/away is home and the Nest detects the movement, it will jump up to the normal 69 degree temp we have it set at?
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So you have two settings right?

A schedule and then the "safe/away" mode. If the system detects your phone is away and doesnt detect motion it goes to away. For example that might be set to 65 while your schedule is 69. The moment it detects motion it switches to home mode, meaning it runs whatever is in your schedule.

Also I forgot to mention, if you have Android you can connect Google Now to Nest and it will use your location in Google Now (as well as voice commands, etc) to control your stat. Since Google Now knows where I work when I leave work it sets the Nest to home, so its been running for 15 minutes prior to me getting there.

https://workswithnest.google.com/ With that you connect the nest account with the Google account on the phone so I guess you could get on their accounts in Google and connect using YOUR nest account.

Works great for us because the girlfriend and I work from home on some days. So I have a schedule that keeps it comfortable for us but when we arent there it lets the house get hot/cold enough to save energy. We use the "temp range" mode, not the heat or cool ones.
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Awesome thanks. That helps. I've got a schedule setup, but didn't want my son screwed if it's one of his half days at school and he got home early. But then again, I could just add him family wise for the home/away, it wouldn't be the end of the world. Just don't really want to add mom. She doesn't need to control the Nest from her phone. Well more like I don't want her too.
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Nest App Gets Better Notifications, App Shortcuts on Android





Today, Nest will push a new app update to Android and iOS that should improve the notification experience from your cameras. It’ll also add app shortcuts on Android, for those running Android 7.1 Nougat.
As Nest notes in its blog post about the new app update, some times you don’t want notifications for everything. To help cut down on unwanted notifications, Nest Aware (the paid service of Nest cameras) will be able to automatically detect doors and create activity zones around them. That means you’ll only get motion notifications when something happens with that zone or doorway.
Additionally, if you are running Android 7.0 and higher, Nest says that as your Nest Cam notices activity (and you are subscribed to Nest Aware), your notification will show an animated preview of the action, so that you may not even need to enter the app to check on it. For Nest Protect owners, Nest is also introducing a warning for carbon monoxide that automatically pops up live video from all of the Nest Cams in your house.
And finally, when long-pressing Nest app on Android 7.1+, you’ll have access to app shortcuts for cameras and other Nest products. If you want, you can drag those to your home screen for quick shortcuts, or just access them each time with a long-press on the icon.
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Nest adds two-factor authentication to make your smart home more secure

Google's smart-home brand will now text you a PIN, in an effort to make it harder for home hackers.




Nest, the Google/Alphabet property behind the Nest Learning Thermostat, the Nest Protect, and the Nest Cam Indoor and Outdoor, today introduced two-factor account authentication. This optional feature makes your devices more secure by requiring you to enter a unique verification code sent to your phone via text, as well as your regular password, every time you log in.


In October 2016, a widespread hacker-induced internet outage raised questions about the security measures smart home platforms employ to prevent such breaches. While Nest's two-factor authentication is only available on an opt-in basis, this added layer of security should make it a bit more difficult for hackers to access your Nest account.
To enable two-factor authentication, select the menu on the top left of the Nest app's home page. Then select Account Security and 2-step verification. Sign in to your account again, and two-factor auth should be up and running.
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Report: Nest Readying Sub-$200 Thermostat, Home Security System





According to a report from Bloomberg that cites a source familiar with the matter, Nest is working on at least three new products: A Nest Thermostat that will cost less than $200, a home security alarm system, plus remote room sensors to go along with new and existing thermostats.
In order to make a Nest Smart Thermostat that meets a sub-$200 price, the company is reported to be using less expensive components, with at least one prototype floating around not featuring a metallic ring along its outside. As of right now, Nest (3rd Gen) will cost you $250, so it seems Nest won’t need to cut too much to hit $200.
As for the security system, it is reported that it will consist of a digital doorbell and an updated indoor security camera. An entire solution is said to be in the works, complete with a keypad for entering codes (like a standard alarm system from back in the day), alarm sensors for doors and windows, plus a fob for your keyring.
In terms of timing, we may be a ways off, with Nest not confirming anything at this time. As reported, the less expensive thermostat could launch by next year, while the alarm system and accompanying solution may launch later this year, sometime next year, or not at all.
Who here needs more Nest goodies in their home?
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Here's a nest question that I'm having difficulty finding an answer (so tells me it's not possible)

We have two heaters and two nest thermostats in our house. 1 nest/heater for the main house, and 1 nest/heater for Mom's room only.

I would like both nests under my account so I can control/view them. Want the Main house heater/nest to work with my phone and my wife's phone for the home/away function, but NOT moms phone. And would like the home/away for heater/nest in Mom's room to work with only her phone. Is this possible, or do I need to try and look at IFTTT?
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yeah not sure their app can essentially "split" what operation it is allowed to do
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Just got off of chat with Nest support, they said to go under my account and create a new structure (saw that option this morning, just wasn't sure). Add Mom's thermostat to that structure. Then invite mom to my "family", then I can turn the home/away on for her on her thermostat, but off for the main house, and vice versa for me/wife.
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Nest reportedly announcing 4K security camera later this month




Nest is apparently just a week or so away from introducing the next generation of its home security camera. According to Android Police, the new Nest Cam will be an indoor camera capable of recording footage in 4K. But there’s a twist: rather than saving and streaming the footage in 4K, Nest will use the extra resolution to provide a better zoom function for the camera. That way, if the camera spots something moving, it’ll be able to crop down to 1080p to provide a zoomed-in look that’s still in HD.

Nest might put more resolution where it matters
It sounds like a smart approach for the new camera, especially since so few people have devices right now that are capable of streaming 4K (on top of that, 4K would mean huge video files that’d be tough on bandwidth and storage). Plus, if the camera does catch something, being able to tell what’s actually moving is ultimately what matters, and this method ought to improve what homeowners are able to see.
Android Police says there’ll be a few other changes made for this generation, too. There’ll reportedly be a ring around the lens that lights up to indicate when the camera is recording; it’ll switch over to USB-C for power; and some of Nest’s subscription-only features will be opened up to all owners — the report speculates that could include person alerts, which send a notification to Nest Cam owners when a person walks into the camera’s line of sight.


The upgraded Nest Cam will reportedly resemble the outdoor Nest Cam and will sell for $300. That’s $100 more than the current indoor Nest Cam, which suggests that model might stick around while the new one is added as a higher-end alternative. Android Police says it should be announced by the end of the month.
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Nest Cam IQ camera is official with a 4K sensor and 'familiar faces' detection for $299 (or 2 for $49


We posted some details of Nest's upcoming 4K camera last week, and now it's official. The Nest Cam IQ isn't just a tweaked version of the old camera, it introduces completely new features to the Nest lineup. The video is sharper, the software is smarter, and it's more expensive. That last part might not be your favorite, but $299 (or $498 for 2) is what it'll cost you to get this device.


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Camera dimensions 4.9 in x 2.9 in x 2.9 in (12.4 cm x 7.4 cm x 7.4 cm) Camera weight 12.6 oz (357 g) Cable length 10 ft (3 m) Power adapter input 100-240V AC, 50/60Hz, 0.65A Power adapter output 15V DC, 1.87A Camera input 15V DC, 1.0A Camera 1/2.5-inch, 8-megapixel (4K) color sensor, 12x digital zoom Video Up to 1080p (1920 x 1080) at 30 frames/sec, HDR, H.264 encoding Field of view 130° diagonal Audio and lights High-quality speaker, Microphone array, Light ring Night Vision High-power 940 nm infrared LEDs Operating temperature 32–104°F (0–40°C) Security 128-bit AES with TLS/SSL Wireless Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, 2.4GHz or 5GHz (WEP, WPA, WPA2 encryption supported)
The Next Cam IQ has a 4K image sensor (8MP), but it doesn't actually stream in 4K. Instead, it uses those pixels to provide super-clear 1080p zooming called Supersight. Supersight can detect movement and automatically zoom in, following objects as they shift around.
From the Nest app, you can view the video feed with a full HD picture-in-picture zoom window. It supports up to 12x digital zoom and has HDR. Meanwhile, the a wider image of the room (also 1080p) is available with a 130-degree field-of-view. All this video is encrypted locally before being uploaded to the Nest servers as well.
The thing Nest is most proud of, clearly, is the advanced object recognition capability. The Cam IQ can tell the difference between a human and something else. It even generates a special live feed when people are detected that zooms in on the face. It's basically a more advanced version of what the current Nest Cams do. Other Nest Cams can detect a generic person, but it's a paid feature.

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The Cam IQ will detect people for free, and there are some new features that cost extra. Specifically, the camera can use facial recognition to tell you if the face it spotted is stranger or a "familiar face." So, you could choose to only get alerts (and neat zoomed videos) if a stranger walks in front of the camera.
Familiar face alerts requires a Nest Aware subscription, which starts at $10 per month. That subscription also enables the Cam IQ's smart audio alerts. This is another new feature, which can let you know if it hears specific sounds like a person talking or a dog barking. In addition to those two features, Nest Aware includes longer video storage, timelapses, and more.
The Nest Cam IQ will be shipping around the end of June, and pre-orders are live today in the US, UK, France, Netherlands, Belgium, and Ireland. Pre-orders will be available in Germany, Austria, Italy, and Spain beginning June 13th.
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