Oct 11, 2013

    Protect your nest from going up in smoke

    NEST Labs has a new gadget to sell and it is another little-noticed, pedestrian home device: smoke detectors.

    The Silicon Valley start-up is launching a US$129 (S$162) Nest Protect, a smoke and carbon-monoxide detector that speaks and responds to hand gestures.

    Nest - co-founded by Apple alumni Tony Fadell and Matt Rogers - has embedded its sleek gadget with a female voice that warns users when smoke and carbon-monoxide levels get dangerously high.

    The smoke alarm can be set to warn in either English, French or Spanish.

    Users can wave a hand to silence alarms, and choose to receive alerts on their smartphone or tablet, Mr Rogers said in an interview with Reuters.

    Nest Protect includes nine sensors to help detect hand gestures and other movements.

    It can also act as a low-powered night light that switches on automatically when someone walks under it.

    The device has a battery life of between three and seven years, and comes in black and white. It will first go on sale in the United States, Canada and Britain.

    The gadget goes on sale next month at major retailers in the US, and online at