It was only a matter of time after Google bought Nest before Nest started integrating more with the home. Today Nest announced the launch of the Nest Developer Program and featured six Works with Nest integration partners.
“The Nest Learning Thermostat and Nest Protect alarm are already helping people save energy, stay comfortable, and improve home safety – but that’s only the beginning,” said Matt Rogers, founder and vice president of engineering, Nest. “Our goal has always been to bring this kind of thoughtfulness to the rest of your home and life – and that’s what the Nest Developer Program is all about. To kick off the program, we’ve worked with iconic brands like Mercedes-Benz and Whirlpool, as well as new industry leaders like Jawbone and LIFX, to build seamless, secure and practical Works with Nest experiences for the home.”
Nest chose to feature IFTTT, Jawbone, LIFX, Logitech, Mercedes-Benz, and Whirlpool as examples of Works with Nest integrations that are available now. Users will be able control Nest daily simply based on movement or location. Jawbone and Mercedes-Benz have utilized the Nest API to remotely adjust the temperature on your Nest thermostat based on when you wake up or how close you are to your home. One of the key extensions of the API is based on what Nest or Nest Protect detects, and can then complete other tasks. For instance, using IFTTT (If This Then That), you could send a text message to someone if your Nest Protect detects smoke. One of the coolest features you’ll see in the video below involves LIFX light bulbs. Again, if your Nest Protect detects smoke or high carbon monoxide levels, LIFX light bulbs can be set to flash a certain color for added visual queues that there may be danger. LIFX can also turn lights on and off based on the mode Nest is set to – if it’s set to Away mode, LIFX can easily turn lights on or off to make it look like someone is home.
“When we first heard about the Nest Developer Program, we knew we wanted to be a part of it,” said Phil Bosua, LIFX founder and CEO. “Nest brings a whole other dimension to LIFX. Who would have thought by combining Nest products and LIFX products, we could help save lives?”
Not only can the Nest API be used to make life easier – and in some cases potentially safer – but in the case of Whirlpool, can even save you energy or delay your washer or dryer in the case of an energy rush hour if you are enrolled in Rush Hour Rewards.
“We’ve been working with Nest to create a home experience that is both purposeful and thoughtful,” said Brett Dibkey, vice president and general manager of Integrated Business Units for Whirlpool Corporation. “Now, your thermostat can interact with your washer and dryer to keep your clothes fresh until you need them, and even help you save energy.”
Additional integrations coming this fall include Chamberlain – which will allow for integration with your garage door to set your Nest thermostat status, and Google via “OK, Google” and Google Now integration.
With API access to the various Nest and Nest Protect states including Home and Away, smoke and CO alerts, and more, the possibilities for developers are almost endless. Check out the Works with Nest video and let us know what you plan to use Nest’s home integration for – or how you wish a developer would integrate with the Nest API – in the comments below.