Normally I’m on top of all the new tech gadgets, but this time Dani gave me the heads up about a new Smoke detector.
The Nest Protect is a Wi-Fi smoke detector and carbon monoxide monitor, and it costs $129.
For starters, both the hardwired and the wireless model (both $129) come with Wi-Fi built in. The Wi-Fi functionality lets the units communicate with each other so that no matter where you are in your house, you’ll know when there’s something bad in the air elsewhere in the building. For example, your kitchen Nest Protect may sense smoke from burning toast, but you’ll hear about it from the Nest Protect in your den, which will tell you that there’s smoke in the kitchen. Once the smoke dies down, the den unit will tell you that the kitchen is all clear.
When an alarm first sounds, Nest actually speaks to tell you that smoke or carbon monoxide may be gathering. She’ll tell you that there’s a problem or that the emergency is over. It’s kind of like Siri for your smoke detector.
You can wave at the device to stop its alarm, instead of pushing a button by getting on a step stool or using a broom handle. At night, the motion sensor detects movement to turn on a pale nightlight to help you navigate your house in the dark.
And…there’s an app for that – You can get updates on your iPhone for any issues at your house, whether you’re there or not, such as early signs of carbon monoxide, low-battery alerts, and so forth. (In the event of an actual fire or carbon monoxide alarm, Nest’s app will even give you instructions on who to call.)