Nest quietly announces Dropcam integration, support for older home automation platforms

nest announces dropcam support screen shot 2014 09 at 1 48 40 pm
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.

Related: Nest to expand across Europe in bid to boost sales of its smart-home devices

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.

Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: camera with A.I. director, robot arm assistant

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!

Cortana wants to be friends with Alexa and Google Assistant

Microsoft no longer wants to compete against Amazon's Alexa and Google's Assistant in the digital assistant space. Instead, it wants to transform Cortana into a skill that can be integrated into other digital assistants.
Product Review

Kwikset Kevo Contemporary review

Tired of carrying around keys? Make keyless entry so easy that all you have to do is have your phone nearby to open the door. It’s a little pricey, but sleek lines and simple features make the Kwikset Kevo Contemporary a great choice for…
Product Review

Ring Video Doorbell 2 is the simplest entry into a smarter doorway

The Ring Video Doorbell 2 may lack the style and sophistication of premium door-dingers, but few can match its simplicity and versatility. The device, available in both wired and wireless configurations, is easy to set up and adds instant…
Health & Fitness

In search of the fountain of youth, beauty companies turn to tech

Beauty tech is a fairly new concept, but at CES 2019, companies such as Olay, L’Oreal, and Neutrogena were fully embracing it with all kinds of gadgets that promise to give you glowing skin.
Smart Home

Thinking of buying an Instant Pot? Here's what you need to know

The Instant Pot is a powerful kitchen appliance that does everything from pressure cook to to slow cook to steam. Heck, you can even make yogurt in it. Here's all you need to know about the magic device.
Smart Home

Busted: Facebook Portal gets 5-star reviews from company employees

It's fair to say that Facebook's Portal smart display received a tepid response at launch, so it was something of a surprise to see lots of glowing reviews of the device on Amazon. Turns out some were written by Facebook workers.
Smart Home

Want a smarter home? Ditch the keys with these great smart locks

A good smart lock should offer a combination of security and convenience. Fortunately, these devices keep your home protected, your family safe, and your belongings secure from possible intruders.
Smart Home

The best sous vide machines cook your food perfectly, every single time

Want to make four-star meals from the comforts of your own kitchen? Here are the best sous vide machines available right now, whether you prefer simple immersion circulators or something more complex.
Smart Home

Idaho mother says her child’s light-up sippy cup exploded

After a mother filled a Nuby insulated light-up cup with milk, the cup allegedly exploded. The incident caused burns to the mother's hand and face and a stinging sensation in her lungs that required a trip to the hospital.
Smart Home

Project Alias is a ‘smart parasite’ that stops smart speakers from listening

Two designers chose to do something about nosy smart speakers. The result is Project Alias, a "smart parasite" that whispers nonsense to Google Home and Alexa until it hears a specific wake word.
Smart Home

DS3 Clean water-free swatches could be the future of cleaning products

DS3 Clean swatches were on display at CES 2019. The small swatches come in several types, including shampoo and toilet cleaner. They're great for travel, but their real impact is in how such supplies will be shipped and stored.
Smart Home

Amazon patents a technology to help Alexa fight fake voice attacks

Amazon filed a patent this month for a new technology that looks like it would help its digital assistant Alexa fight fake voice attacks that could potentially fool Alexa's biometric security protocols.
Smart Home

Amazon Prime members number more than 100 million in the U.S., survey says

Consumer Intelligence Research Partners estimated there were 101 million U.S. Amazon Prime members as of December 31, 2018. Last April, CEO Jeff Bezos wrote there were more than 100 global million Prime members.