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Nest Buys Revolv for Its Talent and Software

by Jacob Kleinman | October 24, 2014October 24, 2014 3:15 pm PDT


Nest bought another home automation company on Friday, though unlike with Dropcam, it won’t be adding any new products to its lineup. Revolv, which sold a $300 home automation hub, will be absorbed entirely into Nest.

If you’re already using Revolv, don’t worry. The company says it will continue to support any devices already out there, but won’t be selling any new ones. Your one year warranty is still good in case anything goes wrong, and Revolv promises to protect your data and keep it separate from Google.

Meanwhile, Revolv’s team and development platform will become part of Nest. In a brief interview with Re/code, the Google-owned company’s co-founder Matt Rogers explained that there’s a limited pool of people with experience in home automation. “It’s a great team, an unbelievable team,” he said. “There’s a certain amount of expertise in home wireless communications that doesn’t exist outside of these 10 people in the world.”

For now Rogers says Nest isn’t interested in offering a smart hub of its own, adding “We are not fans of yet another hub that people should have to worry about.” Instead we assume the Revolv team will be put to work making Nest’s own products even better, and we can’t wait to see what the company comes up with next.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...