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Google’s plan to rule your home with Nest finally takes shape

Published Jun 24th, 2014 2:52PM EDT
Google Nest Developer Program Announced

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Why did Google really buy Nest? One big reason was to conquer your home, of course. And now Nest has revealed the next major phase in its plan to rule your home through its new Developer Program that will make it possible for “Nest devices to securely interact with the things you already use every day” including “lights, appliances, fitness bands and even cars.”

The best news about this is that Nest’s Developer Program is hitting the ground running and has several “Works With Nest” integrations ready to grow. Among the many partners who have already developed Nest-compatible systems are LIFX, whose lightbulbs will be able to pulse red during an emergency if Nest’s smoke detector detects that there’s a fire; Whirlpool dishwashers that will delay starting cycles if Nest detects that there’s currently high demand for electricity; and Mercedes-Benz, whose cars can communicate with Nest to let it know at what time you’ll be home so it can get the indoor temperature just right for you.

This is really only the start of Nest’s plans to make its device the all-purpose hub for your living room, which is obviously why it’s launched its Developer Program. Any developers interested in making their products work with Nest can sign up over at Nest’s developers page.

Brad Reed
Brad Reed Staff Writer

Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.


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