Nest Introduces ‘Protect’, The New Smart Smoke Detector [Available For Pre-order]


A couple of weeks ago, we reported that Nest Labs, the creators of the Nest Thermostat, are working on a smart smoke detector and today, the company has issued a press release, detailing its latest innovation, the Nest Protect: Smoke + Carbon Monoxide™ smart smoke detector. The developers note that Protect does much more than just sound a shrill alarm when there’s danger in your home. Instead, “it speaks to you”, telling you where and what the problem is.

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Nest Labs, a Silicon Valley-based start-up from a former Apple executive Tony Fadell, who has been widely credited as the father of the iPod, aimed to fix all the problems with its temperature-setting device Nest Thermostat and now, they are looking to do it again with a small smoke and carbon monoxide detector that attaches on your ceilings and walls. The Nest Protect (pre-order for $129 at Amazon) is packed with wireless technology and new features to improve the frustrating experiences we’ve all had with the gadget hanging on the walls of our houses or apartments.

High-quality smoke and carbon monoxide alarm. Nest Protect is a multi-criteria detector with heat, CO, and smoke sensors that work together to detect danger.

Heads-Up. If Nest Protect sees that smoke or CO levels are rising but have not yet reached emergency alarm levels, it will give you an early warning so it can avoid crying wolf.

Mobile notifications. Connect Nest Protect to your free Nest account using Wi-Fi and you can receive low-battery alerts, Heads Up and emergency alarm notifications on your smartphone or tablet. In an emergency, the What to Do feature will remind you of recommended actions and give you one-button access to an emergency phone number.

Nightly Promise. Sleep safe and sound. Before you doze off, Nest Protect shows you its sensors and batteries are working with a quick green glow after you turn off the lights so low-battery chirps don’t rattle your dreams.

Pathlight. Nest Protect offers more than just smoke and CO warnings. Its LED lights can be a night light in your home. When it’s dark, Nest Protect will light your way as you walk underneath it.

Vocal alarms. According to a study by Victoria University, children can sleep through beeping smoke alarms. So in addition to alarm sounds, Nest Protect uses female Voice Alarms to help wake sleeping children in case of emergency.

More sensors, more features. Nest Protect’s sensors include a photoelectric smoke sensor, CO sensor, heat sensor, light sensor, ultrasonic sensors and activity sensor. Together, they analyze smoke and CO levels, see when you wave, and light your way at night.

New Nest App. The Nest app on iOS, Android and the Web can be used to set up, control, and get alerts for both Nest Protect and the Nest Learning Thermostat. Available in English, Spanish and French, the Nest app will be updated with a new design and new features when Nest Protect ships.

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Nest Protect will be available in two versions, wired (120V) and battery-powered, and in two colors: white and black. Independent testing to demonstrate compliance with Canadian smoke and CO standards is underway at leading test agencies. A version of Nest Protect that will be compatible with wired security systems is expected to be available in early 2014 in Canada and the U.K.


  • Tim

    ehhh, I can kind of get into the iphone controlled home LED lighting systems, but you need to be really hardcore to get excited about interfacing with your “smart” smoke detector on a regular basis. They should have put a camera and a motion sensor in it, so that it could double as a security camera. Even the thermostat makes more sense. I think people just want to install smoke detectors and forget about them.

  • This is probably the most expensive smoke detector of all time.

  • FragilityG4

    If you were to buy it, you would almost want a fire in your house to justify the cost!

  • Al

    In all practical sense, there is essentially no real world benefit to this device. Any “cool factor” features are pretty impractical or just plain silly.
    – You don’t need the smoke detector to wake the kids. They will be in their parent’s arms before they know what’s happening.
    – You don’t need a lighting to quickly find your way out of your house unless you live in some sort of humungous mansion.
    – You change the battery on your smoke detectors on January 1st every year. Simple and easy to remember. Therefore, no concerns and no annoying low battery chirps.
    – Another push alert app to drain my battery… yippee!

  • Chrome262

    Well some of the 10 year ones are pretty pricey, they can run 60 bucks, I have a couple, but you don’t change the battery you just get a new one in 5 or 10 years. So this is expensive but not that crazy. Besides this will learn and gain more functionality, probably can be used to monitory your house. They did mention one thing that was amazing, it will detect carbon monoxide, and if it does, it will actually talk to your Nest thermostat and shut down the furnace, so you actually have a chance of waking up when the alarm goes off. It also has motion and humidity sensors, and can detect movement better so the thermostat can get a better sense of who is the house, hence work better on Away settings. It has a lot of potential and I am curious what then come up with in using this platform.

  • erth

    i will buy at least 2. when does it come out? i usually buy this stuff from the apple canada store, but it isn’t on it yet. any more news on this gary?

  • No exact date, other than early 2014. It should be available in Apple Retail stores.

  • Moose

    Looks like this is available for pre-order from I’m just glad they have free shipping and I don’t have to order from the US.

  • Tommy

    It’s important to point out that Nest Protect will NOT work with any existing interconnected smoke detector(s).

    So, you will need to replace ALL your interconnected smoke detectors, as per current building code regs.