Google's Nest Takes Step Toward Becoming Central to Everyday Life

The smart-thermostat device maker is opening its platform so developers can turn the home-monitoring device into something greater.

by / June 25, 2014

That app is pretty cool, but does it work with Nest? The Google-owned smart thermostat company today unveiled a developer program that will open the platform to allow connectivity by other apps and devices. Called ‘Works With Nest,’ the program is aimed at turning Nest into more than just a thermostat, but a central, feature-rich player in peoples’ daily lives.

The program Web page showcases some of the functionality that would allow secure connectivity between devices inside and outside the home. Through a partnership with Mercedes Benz, cars can tell Nest when the driver will be home, so it can start warming up the house.

When users wearing Jawbone are waking up in the morning, the device can tell Nest it’s time to start the day. “Nest Learning Thermostat knows your schedule and the temperatures you like,” the Jawbone website reads. Jawbone developers have learned through data collected by their users that the ideal sleeping environment is between 65 and 72 degrees. “With the Nest integration, we no longer just tell you this fact,” the copy reads. “We make it a reality. Once your band enters Sleep Mode, your thermostat will kick down to your ideal temperature. And when you wake? You guessed it. Your thermostat will automatically adjust to a warmer temperature… all without leaving your bed.”

Whirlpool clothes washers and dryers work with Nest, and there are more partnerships coming – with garage door manufacturers, with electronics company Logitech, lighting company Lifx, and logic command app IFTTT.

IFTTT stands for ‘if this then that,” allowing the user flexibility in creating conditions under which various tasks should be carried out. The app developer’s blog explains how the app will work with Nest by showing several of its Nest ‘recipes.’

“When you exit a specific area set your Nest Thermostat to __ degrees.”

“If your Nest Protect detects a smoke alarm warning then get an Android notification.”

“Text a neighbor when your Nest Protect detects a smoke alarm emergency.”