Nest has announced its latest lineup of products, which includes a few brand new devices.  It also officially introduced us to its new outdoor security camera. The company is introducing a new alarm system called “Nest Secure” that will cost you $499 for their home security starter kit.  The kit includes all components of the Secure system including one base called Nest Guard where an alarm, keypad and motion sensor are housed, two ‘Nest Detect’ motion sensors that you can put around your house, and two ‘Nest Tag’ key fobs for controlling the system.

The battery-powered Nest Detect sensors can be used to detect both motion and open or closed movements.  It will be available to purchase separately to expand the system for $59 each.  What is a closed movement you ask?  Basically, one where you’re not flailing around in some form.  Your arm may be close to your body.  Which makes these sensors that much better at detecting movement.


The company is also talking about a new video doorbell camera called “Nest Hello”.  It’s not expected to launch until sometime in early 2018 in the US and Canada.

Nest Hello can detect a person, then send an alert and a snapshot, even if that person doesn’t ring the bell. With Nest Aware, customers can get alerts when strangers or suspicious activity like people talking or dogs barking are detected.
Nest Hello customers can engage with guests and strangers at the door from anywhere and have a natural conversation with HD Talk and Listen. Echo suppression and ambient noise cancellation ensure it’s easy to hear each other, even on noisy streets. A list of pre-recorded responses makes it easy to quickly and effortlessly answer visitors with one tap from the app.
The last of their new products is an outdoor version of their security camera called Nest Cam IQ Outdoor. It comes with facial recognition and weather proofing for $349.  They have also announced Google Assistant support, but there is still no mention of HomeKit compatibility.
I’m really intrigued by the Nest Hello.  At my old house, there used to be a lot of foot traffic.  Randos coming to my door, trying to sell me something. And I always wanted to know who was at the door so I could determine whether or not I wanted to answer.  Had the Nest Hello been available then, I wouldn’t have had to listen to so many sales pitches before closing the door on someone.
But not just that, this would also benefit people with disabilities who live alone.  Or who are alone during the day, for example. Being able to know who is at the door would provide a lot of comfort to people who are already vulnerable and often targeted as a result.  But what do you think?  Is this something that you would purchase?  Is it something that would benefit you?  Do you currently have one of the Nest products?  Honestly, I want them all. I don’t know what it is about Nest, but I feel like I need to have one of everything.  Just to be more efficient, and seemingly more cool.


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