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Smart Home Part 2: Nest Protect

Can the standard, boring smoke detector be reinvented?  Nest is doing just that with the Nest Protect.

The Nest Protect is a Wi-Fi smoke detector and carbon monoxide monitor.  The Wi-Fi integration is what sets the Nest Protect apart from other standard smoke detectors with the ability to send alerts to the Nest smartphone app.

Nest-Protect-smart-smoke-alarm-5-640x426Just as with a standard smoke alarm or carbon monoxide situation, the Nest Protect will sound an alarm. Where it gets interesting is that it will also it also speak to you with a human voice.  It tells you if there’s smoke or carbon monoxide, which room it’s in, and if you’re in immediate danger. That way you can quickly figure out the best way to exit your home and avoid running into the fire on the way out.

At the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nest announced 15 new partnerships, including IP phone maker Ooma for calling emergency services if your smoke alarm goes off.

CNET.com offered a review of the Nest Protect in March 2014.  You can read their review here. The Verge also posted an excellent review of the Nest Protect.

What type of batteries should I use with Nest Protect?

Nest Protect recommends the Energizer Ultimate Lithium AA batteries, which are available from Batteryheads.com.  In case of a power outage, Nest Protect (Wired 120V) will use its backup battery.

How do I know when to replace the batteries in a Nest Protect?

About six months prior to replacing the batteries, Nest Protect will give you a warning that the batteries are getting low.  The Nest Protect will pulse yellow when you turn off the lights at night.  If you press the Nest button the Nest Protect will say: “Nest Protect Battery is low. Replace it soon.”

Your Nest app will also receive a notification. If the batteries have not been replaced, Nest Protect will send you a second warning with three months of battery life left. When Nest Protect has two weeks of battery life left, it will chirp until the batteries are replaced.  You can check the battery life of your Nest Protect at any time in the technical specifications of your Nest apps.

See more on the Nest Protect at Nest.com.

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