Nest Labs has already taken one stab at modernizing the home with its Learning Thermostat, but now it’s taking aim at another common appliance: the smoke detector. Today, the Palo Alto company announced the Nest Protect, a smoke and carbon monoxide detector that warns you when a potential emergency is on the horizon.
Yes, the key feature of the Protect is a notification system Nest dubs “Heads Up.” When the device senses that smoke or carbon monoxide levels are rising in the home, its Siri-esque voice (which can be configured in either English or Spanish) will warn you about it before the danger is escalated to an emergency state. If you’re aware of the situation to which the Protect is alerting you, you can silence the notification by simply waving a hand at it.
The Protect itself is square-shaped with a black or white sunflower pattern and a set of built-in LED lights. At night, the device will briefly glow green to let you know that its batteries and motion sensors have enough life left in them. It also comes with built-in WiFi, which can be used to speak with other Protect detectors in the home.
The Nest mobile app will be updated when the Protect ships too, allowing you to remotely see when the Protect is low on battery, and when its emergency alarm has gone off in your home. The whole package is much more advanced than the everyday smoke detector, for sure, but it will come at a price: $130 from Amazon, Best Buy, Home Depot and Apple stores sometime next month.