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Nest Thermostat Gets More Powerful Than Ever

by Todd Haselton | June 24, 2014June 24, 2014 10:30 am PDT

Google-owned Nest announced its new Nest Developer Program earlier this week, which will allow the Nest Smart Thermostat to do things it has never done before. The announcement shows Google’s initiative to create a smart home with a central unit that controls everything, likely the Nest, and it follows Apple’s “Smart Home” platform that was revealed during WWDC.

“What we’re doing is making it possible for your Nest devices to securely interact with the things you already use every day,” Nest founder and head of engineering Matt Rogers said. “Things like lights, appliances, fitness bands and even cars.” Rogers provided a couple of examples of “Works with Nest” products that are already available, and that show us a bit of what’s possible when developers take advantage of the new Nest Developer Program.

With Mercedes-Benz, for example, the car can talk to your Nest so it knows when you’re coming home and can get the house cooled down or warmed up. LIFX lightbulbs can “pulse red in an emergency,” and, with a Jawbone UP24 band, Nest can know when you get up and, as a result, what temperature to adjust the house to. That’s not to mention the obvious integration that Nest will soon receive with the recently acquired Dropcam.

It probably won’t take long for us to see even more amazing use-case scenarios for the Nest, and the future is likely limited only by the imaginations of talented coders. Interested developers can sign up and download the Nest API today, hit the source link for more information.


Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...