Google, already a technology powerhouse, just stepped up to a new level of innovation. Many companies are currently working on “smart home” applications and gadgets. The limitation, however, is that these gadgets don’t speak to one another. On June 23, Google announced their “Works with Nest” developer program. This endeavor will turn the Nest Learning Thermostat into a main hub for the smart home. Now home applications will work together seamlessly.
Who’s on Board for Works with Nest
For “Works with Nest,” Google enlisted the help of the most prominent technology gadget producers. Developers such as LIFX, Logitech, Chamberlain, and Whirlpool hope to contribute truly amazing technology that allows you to run your home as efficiently as possible. Mercedes plans to participate as well; your car will adjust your home thermostat when you’re on your way home. Jawbone’s UP wrist band tracks your sleep patterns and, when fine-tuned, integrates with the “Works with Nest” programming, to determine your ideal thermostat settings.
All of these smart home devices and apps will access the Nest sensors. The Nest will provide total home control.
Google is also planning to bring voice activation to the Nest system to make the customer’s life even easier. You will be able to control the settings on almost everything Nest just by saying the words. Your phone or other home devices may recognize your voice commands.
“Works with Nest” will not only make life easier, but stands to save energy, a factor on more and more consumers’ minds.
Trend watchers are speculating about which other tech companies may soon join the fold. As the internet of things marches forward, no one will want to miss out. This integration program brings Nest and Google to new level that will be hard to match. The open access terms that Google is setting in the smart device marketplace demonstrates true genius. It should allow collaboration and innovation to reach peak potential.