Google's Nest Labs Opens Its APIs to Innovations From Other Firms
The move comes just a day after Nest acquired home video monitoring vendor Dropcam for $555 million.Google's Nest Labs is opening its APIs to other companies—including Mercedes-Benz, Logitech and Whirlpool—so they can work with Nest on improving a wide range of consumer products inside and outside the home for energy savings and other benefits. The APIs are being made available through the Nest Developer Program, which will allow more than 5,000 interested developers to "create meaningful interactions among Nest products and others," according to a June 24 statement by the company. "More than just linking and remote controlling the devices in your home, the Nest Developer Program allows everything from lighting to appliances to fitness bands and even cars to securely connect with Nest products, bringing the conscious home to life by making those homes safer, more energy-efficient, and more aware." Nest was acquired by Google in January 2014 for $3.2 billion. Google made the purchase as part of its continuing quest to become a major player in the connected home Internet of things market, according to an eWEEK report. Nest's first two products were sensor-driven, WiFi-enabled, self-learning, programmable thermostats (2011) and smoke and carbon monoxide detectors (2013). The Nest Learning Thermostat is an electronic, programmable and self-learning WiFi-enabled thermostat that optimizes heating and cooling of homes and businesses to conserve electricity. The Nest Developer Program and the API-sharing efforts are aimed at driving additional innovations for consumers, according to Matt Rogers, founder and vice president of engineering at Nest. "The Nest Learning Thermostat and Nest Protect alarm are already helping people save energy, stay comfortable and improve home safety—but that's only the beginning," Rogers said in a statement. "Our goal has always been to bring this kind of thoughtfulness to the rest of your home and life—and that's what the Nest Developer Program is all about."
A Nest spokesperson declined to comment further on the move when contacted today by eWEEK.