One of the cornerstones of the smart home are automations that get triggered based on certain conditions. SmartThings, Wink, and other hubs built their whole proposition on top of that, but then voice assistants came and shook that foundation. Voice commands, and thus active requests, became the focus, but that didn't stop everyone from bemoaning the loss of passive automations. To implemented that functionality you need sensors, and Google Assistant is finally adding native support for them. Read More
With fall officially here, you're going to be using a lot more energy to keep your home warm. If you run on gas, that means more opportunities for a leak or fire to threaten your household. Keep you and your loved ones safe this cold season with today's deal on a two-pack of battery-powered Nest Protect smoke and carbon monoxide detectors for $190 ($48 off) from The Home Depot. Read More
As expected, this year's CES is all about the smart assistant and smart speaker. The latest company to jump onboard isn't quite what you'd expect, though. First Alert, commonly recognized as a manufacturer of smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms, has just announced its new Onelink Safe & Sound, which combines those previously mentioned alarms with high-end speakers and your choice of Amazon's Alexa or Google's Assistant. Read More
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. Read More
If you're familiar with the brand name Nest Labs, then you already know that this company basically changed the way the common household thermostat works with its Nest Thermostat. Now it wants to do the same thing for another household necessity: the smoke/carbon monoxide detector. This new offering, dubbed Nest Protect, is a sleek, sexy looking box that replaces the tired old white disk currently attached to your ceiling.
Like the Nest Thermostat, Protect is a smart product – instead of just sounding its alarm at full blast when the slightest hint of smoke arises (like, you know, when Read More
burning cooking food), it will give a subtle "heads-up" and you need only wave your hands around it to let it know that everything is OK.