Hot on the heels of the acquisition of security camera Dropcam, Nest Labs is opening up its products to all interested partners.
Under the leadership of Tony Fadell, Nest, which Google bought in January for $3.2 billion, is rumored to have become Google’s main hardware arm, in charge of the giant’s expansion in the promising smart home sector.
By offering an open API that everyone can use to connect their products to Nest thermostats and smoke detectors, Nest is trying to establish its product as the go-to hub that all connected objects, from cars to smart light bulbs, can tie into, enabling new features that would not be otherwise possible.
Under the “Works with Nest experience” program, companies like IFTTT, Jawbone, LIFX, Logitech, Mercedes-Benz, Whirlpool, Chamberlain, and Google are already tapping into the data opened up by Nest, with more partners to come in the future.
On its newly launched Developers page, Nest describes a series of use cases that the open API makes possible. Google Now will integrate Nest control starting this fall, allowing users to change the temperature in their homes with a voice command. Garage doors from Chamberlain will communicate with Nest, so when the user comes home the thermostat begins cranking up the air conditioner. Fitbit fitness gear will detect when you wake up and tell Nest to start the heating. And thanks to IFTTT integration, you will be able to create your own recipes based on Nest data. The possibilities are really endless.
Nest co-founder Matt Rogers said the company wanted to profit from the Google I/O attention to make its big announcement. But Nest promises to treat Google like just another partner; in fact, Nest declares itself the Switzerland of smart home platforms, and doesn’t rule out future support for Apple’s competing HomeKit platform.
With Android Wear set to be front and center at Google I/O this year, we’ll be surprised if Google does not announce some sort of integration between Wear smartwatches and Nest.