Google purchased Nest Labs for a whopping $3.2 billion last year and with that much money invested, Google is betting on the smart home or what it likes to call the “thoughtful home”.
Today, Nest begins to roll out new tools and ideas that are aimed to help customers find compatible products for Nest from smart light switches like our Cree Connected bulbs to smart door locks to help keep your home safe and secure.
Google Nest has more than 11,000 developers working with Nest and they said that 1 in 8 Nest homes have Works with Nest connections up and running. Until today, those developers have accessed the cloud API to connect with Nest but this also means the products working with Nest needed Internet connectivity to work.
Realizing that a lot of homes do not run WiFi and also that a lot of low-powered devices like smart locks shouldn’t due to battery concerns, Nest has invented something called Nest Weave.
Nest Weave is a newly developed protocol that allows devices to talk directly to each other and also to Nest without WiFi.
Works with Nest goes way beyond our cloud API and Nest Weave. Over the years, we’ve built a connected home platform that works not just for our camera, thermostat, and smoke and CO alarm, but for all kinds of products. Whether you want to make an app, hardware product or both, you can pick and choose whatever you need: an operating system, communication protocol, cloud services, user accounts, security and more. Nest said in its Blog today.
Nest Weave is similar to existing technologies like Zigbee and Z-Wave that creates a network of devices without the need for Wi-Fi. Apple too is also betting on its HomeKit project which will offer similar technology for connecting the home.
Smart Home Standardization Project?
With yet another new Smart Home connected technology, I believe we are further segmenting the smart home product space. Sure, SmartThings and Wink hubs will probably end up offering new hardware that is capable of connecting to Google Weave but this all defeats the purpose of having an everything on and connected home. Similar to how the mobile phone market came together to develop a standard around charging (Mini USB) as the go-forward method, I truly believe the Smart Home Product community needs to come together to develop or standardize on an existing technology.
Until we have a standardized technology for the smart home, the prices for smart products will continue to soar as development costs around new technology and licensing of multiple existing technologies will always be of concern. Does Google have the ability to push this initiative? Absolutely! They have the brand and the backing to do so but since they have now developed a new technology in the space, it will take a few years for consumers to trust in it. How do you feel about yet another communication standard for smart home products? Leave a comment and let us know!
How much does Nest Weave cost? Well, to the consumer there isn’t any charge. The technology is built-in to the products which you buy that include the Weave technology. For developers looking to tap into Weave for their own product that they might be developing, it isn’t known at this time. Geek Inspector has reached out to Google to find out if they can provide us details around this but we have not yet received a response.
Developers interested in developing on the platform may visit developer.nest.com. If you are interested in see what new devices “Works with Nest” you can visit nest.com/works-with-nest Be sure to check out our latest smart home products reviews of the Kuna Security Light, Camera and Two-Way Intercom, our Cree Connected LED Bulbs, and several others in the Smart Home space.