Today’s announcement of two new iPhone models and the much-awaited Apple Watch will undoubtedly dominate the days headlines, but while Tim Cook and Jony Ive were busy waxing poetic about their new toys, Google’s Nest division had an announcement of its own to make.
To help kick off this year’s CEDIA expo in Colorado, the company announced that it will be adding for Dropcam (which was also recently acquired by Google) to it’s growing list of Works with Nest partners. This new interoperability will bring a number of new possibilities to the devices. For example, when your Nest Protect alarm goes off, Dropcam could be configured to record a clip of the smoke or carbon monoxide event and save it for you in the cloud, regardless of whether you pay for Cloud Recording. And when you set your Nest Thermostat to Away mode and walk out the door, Dropcam can automatically turn on motion alerts so you’ll know if anyone’s in the house.
In addition to the new Dropcam support, Nest announced that its products will now be compatible with legacy home automation platforms such as Universal Remote Control (URC), RTI, Crestron, and Control4. This means that if your home is already outfitted with an older whole-home automation system, you’ll finally be able to connect Nest products to it and control them through the same interface you already use.
And this is just the beginning. With partners like Whirlpool, Jawbone, LIFX, and dozens of others already on board, the Works with Nest program is growing at a feverish pace. Further additions are undoubtedly set to roll out in the not-so-distant future.