Nest and Home Automation
As speculated by Domobot a few weeks ago in our article about Nest, Android and the Smart Home, Google is taking a firm step into the Home Automation world by leveraging their Nest product as a proverbial “Trojan Horse”. Google has launched its “Works with Nest” initiative as a means of connecting multiple other devices in the home through the Nest hardware using its API’s. Suddenly, thousands of people who have a Nest device in their home are able to start plugging in their other devices and allow them to talk to eachother.
Which devices work with Nest?
Its early in the launch, but we already have confirmation that the following brands have received the “works with nest” certification:
Works With Nest Connected Devices
We’re just at the beginning of figuring out the implications of “Works with Nest”, but Google have already been kind enough to give us some examples. By leveraging IFTTT (If This Then That), a homeowner can program the network to do just about anything conceivable within the paramaters of the connected devices. Your Mercedes can tell the Nest Thermostat to turn on the heating as the vehicle approaches home, Jawbone can instruct your whirlpool device to turn on as you’re starting to stir, the Nest can sense motion and instruct your Lifx lights to turn on.
This is a really exciting development in the world of Home Automation and puts Google in good stead to compete with other Smart Home networks as they enter the market and sign up hardware providers. Apple has already announced partnerships for HomeKit with the likes of Philips and Texas Instruments as Quirky’s Wink moves into the fray with partners GE & Honeywell, who announced the Honeywell Lyric – a beautiful Nest Lookalike Thermostat just the other day.
It certainly feels like an exciting time for the Home Automation movement as the major players vie for early advantage in what’s set to be a long game..