Nest Labs is a California-based home automation company which got acquired by Google back in January this year for $3.2 billion. This acquisition surprised many people and got the ball rolling on many rumors and what not. Nest Labs produces programmable (or smart if you prefer) thermostats and smoke detectors which were up until now available only in US, Canada and the UK. Despite the limited availability, Nest announced that their thermostats have been installed in over 120 countries all over the world, which is quite impressive if you consider the availability aspect. Nest has announced that it will widen the availability of its products by the end of this month with France, Netherlands, Belgium and Ireland being mentioned. Nest products will be available from over 400 retail locations at launch and an additional 150 stores will be added by the end of the year.
The company has also mentioned that the products will speak to its customers in the language of their home country. For example, if you live in France and install a Nest Learning Thermostat, it will communicate with you in French, same goes for other listed countries. This is a nice touch by Nest indeed. This California-based company has also announced that they’re building energy partnerships in Europe and that energy companies like nPower have already included Nest Thermostats in their plans.
This is quite a move by Nest, it is always good to see that more people will have access to products which up until now had extremely limited availability. Products like “Nest Learning Thermostat” and “Nest Protect smoke and carbon monoxide alarm” are the future, no doubt about that. These are the components of a smart connected home that has been mentioned so many times over the last couple of months. “Connected Home” is slowly but surely becoming a thing and we’re going to see more and more “smart” products out on the market in the coming weeks / months / years. What are your thoughts on all this? Do you use either of Nest’s products?