Ever since An example of Nest Weave in action can be seen with Yale’s new Linus lock. This connected residential door lock lets you check to see if the door is open or closed, set up passcodes to provide different levels of access, and more — all through the Nest app. Using Weave, the lock communicates with any Nest product in the home and isn’t reliant on Wi-Fi to be used. If a burglar severed the Internet connection, the Linus lock would still remain functional, collecting up to 10 days of history and utilizing a magnetometer to ensure that the door is fully closed.
Security device manufacturer Tyco is one of Nest Weave’s launch partner and is using it to make its windows sensors more connected. As Hu explained to us, these sensors cannot work on Wi-Fi and will need another way to connect with the home. This is where Weave is supposed to shine — better network redundancy to ensure that there’s not as many vulnerabilities to making sure the device functions as intended.
To help with development, Nest has partnered with Dialog, Freescale, Qualcomm Technologies, and Silicon Labs to provide kits to help developers get up and running quickly. The goal isn’t to make sure that Nest integration is top of mind at every point in the development process — from creation to launch — and by teaming with chip manufacturers, Nest wants to get in early.
Nest also offers integration with its core app, meaning that if developers don’t have the capabilities to create their own mobile app, they can piggyback off of Nest’s. As mentioned earlier, the Linus lock is an example so users can just pop open the Nest app and quickly manage their device.
“Building a connected product is hard,” says Nest vice president of engineering Matt Rogers. “We’ve been doing it for the past five years and have first-hand experience with the challenges. That’s why we want to make it easier for developers… [They] have an end-to-end solution when they work with Nest, and can use only the parts of the program that meet their needs.”
Nest Weave, along with the Nest app integration will be available to developers in 2016. Nest is not charging developers to use this protocol.
Building around the Nest Cam with a new API
More than a year ago, Nest made a $555 million deal to acquire connected camera company Dropcam. The two entities eventually merged together, culminating in the launch of a rebranded device called the Nest Cam earlier this year. Now the company is giving developers access to the camera through a new Camera API, something that wasn’t open until today.
Aubrey Thelen, Nest’s head of developer relations, tells us that things like basic camera control, motion and sound events, and extracting clips from the camera are all possibilities through the API. At launch, August, Philips Hue, Mimo, Skybell, and Petnet are the first developers to have access.
Examples of integrations include receiving a snapshot of a visitor (or intruder) when they try and access your August smart lock; or if you’ve left your house without turning off the lights, the Nest Cam will detect the illumination and automatically take care of it.
Developers interested in this can visit Nest’s developer site where they’ll receive access to all the technical documents and the API. It’s a standard REST API that requires little overhead. There are no costs of fees associated with using it and call limits are based on the customer experience.
Access to the API is open now to all developers. All integrations with the aforementioned launch partners will be available later this month.
Find your integrations at the Works with Nest store
Up until now, we’ve been talking about making it possible for third-party devices to connect with Nest products as part of the company’s Works with Nest program. And while there have been many launch partners and different integrations mentioned in the past, there’s no central place to just find verified partners, until now.
With the Works with Nest store, certified products are showcased to help customers realize how large the connected home ecosystem is. “It’s about discovery and helping the customer find out what else works with their home,” Hu tells us. You can browse by different categories around the home and it also helps smaller developers to promote their products.
All developers listed in the store have been certified by Nest’s developer program so you know you’re going to be buying a product from someone with a pretty good track record integrating with Nest’s products. The store is accessible both on the Nest app and online.
Nest says its store won’t be available for customers until later this year, but developers interested in having their products appear can go to its site for more information.
Overall, what we’ve seen here are three tools that Nest is gearing up to deploy with the sole purpose of showing the world that not only its Nest Cam, but also Nest Protect and iconic Nest thermostat are central parts to the home and that it is reliable, simple, and just works.
With the debut of Amazon Echo, ivee Voice, and a slew of other hubs all trying to capitalist on this trend to create a smart home, Nest still remain undeterred in its mission and is continuing its outreach. “Developers understand that Nest is completely focused on the home, almost more than any company,” Hu told us. “We started bringing technology to the home and remain dedicated bringing this day in and day out.”
Nest doesn’t believe in setting up a hub and probably won’t have one. Hu carried on by saying: “We don’t believe that customers want a hub. They don’t want to have to pair everything against it. They just want it to work. They want to be in control of the integration, but they don’t want to configure it. It’s not [something that’s] customer friendly.”
The point is that if you’re comfortable with your Nest thermostat, then why do you need to buy another product to connect a sensor to that thermostat? Every one of Nest’s products are hubs in of itself and the company hopes developers will be able to use not only its products but features to build more intelligent things.