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Nest Labs releases Protect, a smarter smoke and carbon monoxide detector


As its VP of Engineering Matt Rogers likes to say, Nest Labs has set out to improve all of the “unloved white plastic crap” in the home.

A few years ago, the company started with the thermostat. Since then, Nest’s Living Thermostat has become one of the must-have gadgets for homeowners with its sleek design, intuitive functionality and a mobile app that makes it possible to control from anywhere there’s cellular service.

This week, Nest Labs unveiled its latest home solution, a smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector called Protect. It’s intended to be a more practical home safety device with motion controls that allow homeowners to wave off false alarms and a mobile app that shares battery life, carbon monoxide levels and alerts. It even includes recorded voice messages, so in the case of an emergency, homeowners are informed of the exact nature of the problem. (ex. “There is smoke in the living room.”)

Each Protect units sells for about $129.