Earlier this year Google bought Nest Labs, a company by the Father of iPod – Tony Fadell. Nest makes Nest smart thermostats that save energy and smoke/CO fire alarms that helps in keeping your family safe. Google has recently started selling its smart thermostat on Google Play and was also looking to hire engineers to further develop its newly acquired brand, Nest. Though Google acquired the brand, in its statement Google noted that Nest will continue to operate in “its own distinct brand identity” and Fadell will continue to run the company.
A recent glitch in its Nest Protect Smoke + CO system has made it to recall its 440,000 smoke detectors. The Nest Protect Smoke + CO system is equipped with a silencing feature that mutes its alarm when users wave their hands near its vent. However a bug could possibly prevent the system from sounding off the alarm in a timely manner which is now causing the internet-connected alarm to fail when users wave their hands at system. To rectify the issue, Nest is sending out a firmware update to disable the gesture control feature and notes that the smoke alarm needs to be connected to the internet in order to get the fix.
According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, this recall applies to all the Nest Protect Smoke + CO systems. By going online to NestSense, Nest customers can verify that their smoke alarm’s software is up to date and ensuring that the Nest Wave button is disabled and grayed out. Nest has also launched a partnership with Virgin (Richard Branson).