Google’s Nest Labs Reaches Out to Developers

The Internet of Things may have taken a significant step forward. On Tuesday, Google-owned Nest Labs announced a new Developer Program and API for connecting home appliances and software to its products -- an ecosystem that could apply to businesses as well.

The Palo Alto, California-based company, which had focused on developing an intelligent thermostat prior to the Google acquisition in January, said its new program is intended to have lighting, appliances, fitness bands and even cars connect securely with Nest products.

The API can access Home and Away states, smoke and carbon monoxide alerts, and peak energy rush hour events, and the Developer Program supports iOS, Android and Web interactions. Additionally, Google Ventures and venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Buyers are offering financing for Nest-related projects.

IFTTT, Mercedes-Benz

Matt Rogers, Nest founder and its vice president of engineering, said in a statement that the company's 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."

The company has already started integrations with a range of other companies, including Mercedes-Benz, Whirlpool, Jawbone and LIFX.

An integration with task-automation app IFTTT, for instance, allows a user to create an if/then connection such as: "If my Nest Protect detects smoke, then send a text message to my neighbors." LIFX light bulbs flash red if smoke or carbon monoxide is detected, and they can randomly be turned on and off at time intervals when the occupants are on vacation.

Mercedes-Benz owners can check on the status of their home thermostat as they're driving, as the Nest thermostat will increase heating or cooling of a home according to when the occupants will be home for the day. The Nest thermostat can also tell the Whirlpool dryer to...

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