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Google's Nest purchases Revolv, to further "Works with Nest" projects
In the quest to provide you with the best home automation tools around, the recently Google purchased Nest has made a move of its own, announcing the purchase of Revolv. Revolv is another home automation company that has exclaimed Nest to be an inspiration, and that they are thrilled to be new members of the Nest family.
This purchase is what many have dubbed an ‘acqui-hire,’ meaning that Revolv was acquired primarily as a means to bring the talent over to Nest. Revolv also brings a great developer platform that has been using open source technology to connect devices throughout the home.
The combination of employees and established technology lends perfectly to Nest’s ‘Works with Nest’ initiative. Even if you haven’t heard this term, you’ve probably heard that you’ll be able to use Google Now, IFTTT, Jawbone and more to connect and control your Nest powered devices, these all fall into the Works with Nest project.
The Revolv team received high praise from Nest, stating that home wireless communications at this level exist in few others outside of the Revolv team. Of course, the idea of an excellent competing home automation hub is never good for business.
Current Revolv owners can rest assured that Nest will honor the existing warranty and support for the Revolv hardware. However, sales of new Revolv hardware have been immediately halted, this purchase and talent move is as good as done, at least from a consumer perspective.
Are you a Revolv or Nest user? What functionality do you hope Revolv can bring to Nest?