I'm going to tell you a story. Don't worry, it's rather short, and it will be very easy to follow. Early this year, Google bought Nest, a company that makes cool thermostats, for $3.2 billion. A few months later, Google started to sell said thermostats in the Play Store. Now those thermostats are being joined by a nifty smoke and carbon monoxide alarm called Nest Protect.


As a smoke alarm, Nest Protect isn't quite as exciting as a thermostat. Nevertheless, it does have a few nifty features under its belt. The alarm speaks in a human voice that can tell you what it's detecting and where in the house the danger is. It can also shoot an alert to your smartphone, so you don't need to be home to know when it's going off. And if you happen to own a Nest thermostat, the two devices can communicate with one another.

The store is currently only selling Nest Protect to residents of Canada, the UK, and the US (excluding Puerto Rico). It goes for $99.99, the same price available elsewhere, and comes in two variants: wired or battery-powered. Either one you purchase won't leave the warehouse until June 20th.

Sources: Nest blog, Google support page

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • TylerChappell

    Ah so the immediate question is, how's the life on the battery powered one? And remember the debacle with the Nest receiving a firmware update that broke it for a few days and people were left without heat? Can't imagine the outcry if that happened with one of these and someone's house caught on fire.

    • Mayoo

      If they have to update a f*cking smoke detector ... then they are really bad at what they do.

      • Jason

        It's not a standard smoke detector though, it's way more advanced. I mean, it's connected to the internet.

        Also I think they already patched this thing a few times. Updates are entirely automatic AFAIK.

        • Mayoo

          It-s-a-smoke-detector. It detects smoke and buzz when detected. Everything else is only to show it off to your friend, while trying to justify why you paid 100$ per detector.

          What's next? A door knob that sends me an alert when a hand is on it? Or when the wrong key is inserted into the lock?

          • Thomas’

            It's actually more complex than that. There's machine learning involved to stop these things from causing false alarms.

          • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

            Did you read the article? The one where they said it talks to you, informs you of where the problem is, communicates over WiFi and alerts you if you're somewhere else, etc? You know, all things that can have bugs and do require occasional firmware updates since they have to interact with a world outside of themselves?

            So no, it is NOT just a regular smoke detector. If it were, it wouldn't need to exist, as there would be no point in it being part of the Nest ecosystem.

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          • Todd Kennelly

            Ignore the trolls, enjoy the products. Haters gonna hate - especially the ones that don't have a clue as to what they're talking about :-)

          • enoch861

            Those door knobs exist. A failed attempt to open a door is instantly reported to you. I don't know why that would be a bad feature.

        • http://vinylchan.tumblr.com/ Vinylchan

          "I mean, it's connected to the internet."
          Now just got to find that hidden microphone

          • Mike Reid

            That's for the hidden "Yell at it" feature to silence false alarms.

            And the "photo-electric" smoke sensor is really a camera...

      • Jonathan Lyng

        Find another smoke detetor that tracts to CO level, not only smoke. And at the same time doesn't need a broomstick to shut up whenever you overcook something.

  • Mayoo

    Nest Thermostat is something I want to try someday. But I won't spend 99$ on a smoke detector. Believe me, if an alarm goes off, the last thing I'm going to check is my cell phone. I will just pick up anything within arm reach and get the f*ck outta there.

    And most alarm system are already connected with the smoke detector so I don't need another independent system to monitor only this.

    • nerds

      The point is to have the ability to check your cell phone while you are out, not while you are home dumb dumb.

      • Mayoo

        You didn't read my second paragraph did you?

        Also, there is a little trolling in all my posts.

        • Bud Lutz

          You are assuming that everyone has an alarm system in their house, or that the alarm systems are easy to add to an existing home. This hangs on the wall and alerts you while you are out of an alarm. Way easier and cheaper than and alarm. I don't see where nerds is trolling....

          • Krzysztof Jozwik

            Funny thing is he won't buy a $99 smoke detector but he pays for an alarm service.

    • Matt

      So, you're at work, your smoke detector at home goes off, you pick up things off your work desk and leave work? That's how things work in your world?

  • http://friskychatter.com/ _jsw_

    I'm pretty sure the purchase price was a little more than $3.2 million, no?

    • Matt

      Yeah, but only 3 orders of magnitude. No big difference.

    • http://bertelking.com/ Bertel King, Jr.

      Just a little bit. Fixed.

  • EH101

    100 bucks for this? Lol, what a waste.

    • Thomas’

      Yeah, because not dying of carbon monoxide is totally not worth 100 bucks.

      • EH101

        So you're saying my 20 dollar carbon monoxide detector won't save me?

        • enoch861

          A Mercedes and a Ford will both get you to the same destination. One will just get you their in comfort and opulence.
          The $100 Nest Protect and your $20 Carbon Monoxide detector will both do the same thing. One will just talk to you (letting you know what its detecting) and let you know where in the house the issue is while the other will just blare at you.

          • EH101

            Technically, since my carbon monoxide detector is mounted above the garage door and only detects CO, it both tells me where the issue is and what it is detecting.

            But overall, I agree with your comment while maintaining the Nest is no better for the job.

          • Jeremy Powers

            In my house all mine are wired and if one goes off all of them go off. then i have to run around finding the one that is actually causing the alarm. I can't wait to get those stupid things swapped out.

          • EH101

            Ah, yeah. That would completely suck. If they have battery back ups you should, in theory, be able to unwire them and they still work as intended without communicating to each other. They should operate like any other battery powered detector and only beep when there's a problem or the battery is low. Good luck.

        • raazman

          No carbon monoxide detector will save you.

          • EH101

            Not literally, no. But both should give you a fair amount of warning to get your butt out of the affected area etc.

  • Krzysztof Jozwik

    I'm sure you meant $3.2 billion.

  • Marc Reisner

    Why would I spend $100 on something that will need to be replaced in a few years anyway? Smoke detectors/carbon monoxide detectors don't last forever.

    • Mike Reid

      Yes, these detectors are supposed to be replaced every 5-7 years because the detection is less effective. Many now even chirp constantly at you to remind that their end of life has arrived. WONDERFUL repeat business for the companies.

      I won't mind paying $100 for features. Would be nice if we can query for current CO level. Would be nice also if we could parallel this with conventional detectors so as to add remote alarm features for our existing detectors.

      And I'd like to see a way to hook this to sump/flood detectors, freezer alarms and intrusion detectors too.

  • Todd Kennelly

    Love my Nest and Protect - battery life is estimated to be 6 years.

    Never thought I'd say the words "love" and "thermostat" in the same sentence…. Ever. ;-)

  • Dan Caseley

    Needs Play Music integration for the alarm.

    "Your socks are on fire" by Kings of Leon?