Google and Nest — a maker of smart thermostats and smoke detectors — have just come together under a $3.2 billion deal! The vision for the new union, according to Nest’s CEO Tony Fadell, is to have omnipotent control over your home environment — remotely — through cutting-edge technology for a safer, more efficient dwelling, CNET reports.
Google’s acquisition of the four-year-old start-up, according to CNET, is “the marriage of a rock-star hardware maker to the most ambitious tech company on the planet.” The hardware maker currently sells a $249 smart thermostat that can be controlled from a smartphone app. It “knows” when residents aren’t home, using motion sensors, and will dial down the heat setting to save energy.
Nest Protect, retailing for $129, is a smart smoke detector that can distinguish between a minor issue (burning food) and an emergency (house burning down). It also can “sniff out” carbon monoxide. Instead of using an ear-piercing sound to alarm residents of a fire, it uses a pleasant voice. The owner can shut it up by a wave of a hand.
Of course, with devices as forward-thinking as these, Google wanted in. It’s exactly in line, experts say, with the tech giant’s vision of creating a Google-powered, connected smart home.
“They’re already delivering amazing products you can buy right now — thermostats that save energy and smoke alarms that can help keep your family safe,” Google’s CEO Larry Page said in a press release.
Fadell, a former Apple executive who helped create the iPod, seems to be on the same wavelength as Google’s anticipation for the collaboration.
“Google will help us fully realize our vision of the conscious home and allow us to change the world faster than we ever could if we continued to go it alone… Google has the business resources, global scale, and platform reach to accelerate Nest growth across hardware, software, and services for the home globally,” Fadell wrote in a blog post.
So far, the specifics of what Noogle (Nest and Google) plans to do in the future is hush-hush. But during a New York Times interview, Fadell hinted that he plans to work his “smart” magic on other devices around the home: “Right now I can tell you 10 things, minimally, that can get changed in the house. They are all great markets with large incumbents who haven’t innovated in years.”
Google, according to Entrepreneur, is making sure the public knows that it’s not just a search engine anymore. It’s a colossal corporation that wants to make historic changes to the way Americans operate their homes: “It is a company trying to leverage its massive horde of cash and deep technological expertise to create products that billions of people will use some day.”