It may be hard to believe, but Nest is now on the third generation of its iconic thermostat. Now a new member is being added to its growing family of smart home products, which already includes a smoke alarm and video security cameras.
The Google-owned Internet of Things device manufacturer has just signed a deal with Yale, the iconic lock-maker (not the university) that was founded in 1868.
Coming in 2016, the new Nest/Yale digital lock will be called Linus (after Linus Yale), marking the first third-party device that will communicate with Nest gadgets directly by using a wireless in-home network rather than through an Internet connection.
The Linus Yale lock will integrate with Nest devices over a low power, local-area communications system called Weave that uses Thread networking technology.
Using the Nest app, you can remotely lock and unlock Linus, distribute pass codes to family and friends, track who uses the lock (and when) and also program the lock to interact with other devices.
“We’re truly a part of the Nest ecosystem,” said Kevin Kraus, who oversaw the development of the new lock, to Wired. Or as Nest puts it: “Secured by Yale. Connected by Nest. Meet Linus, the lock for your Nest home.”
The elegantly-designed lock reinforces the Nest brand promise: “Nest reinvents unloved but important home products, like the thermostat and the smoke alarm. We focus on simple, beautiful and thoughtful hardware and services.”
The feathering of Nest’s smart home line-up with a home locking system that leverages Yale’s experience and brand trust comes as a singular industry standard for the smart home remains elusive.
As Kraus commented to Wired, “we are approaching a world where more than a few devices can work together. And that can make for a truly smart home.”
Indeed, Nest.com is becoming a central online store where you can shop for all sorts of devices that plug into the Nest system, as an expanding array of other devices integrate with Nest Cam and other devices such as the Philips Hue lighting system.
— Nest (@nest) October 1, 2015
— Nest (@nest) October 1, 2015
Helping advance the need for smart home interoperability and standards, Google’s new “Works with Nest” developer platform aims to open its ecosystem to others, and simplify its value proposition and utility to consumers and hardware manufacturers.
“For companies who don’t want to have to build a cloud, build an app, or can’t even put Wi-Fi into their products—they’re stuck,” said Nest engineering VP Matt Rogers to Fast Company.
And thanks to the Nest app, he added, “You don’t need to have your own cloud and you don’t need to have your own app—you can use ours. For a lot of developers out there, this is a much easier, cheaper way of getting your product connected.”
SIDEBAR: The Internet of Things Expands
• 13 billion – Number of connected devices installed this year (Juniper Research)
• 25 billion – Things that will be connected to the Internet within five years (IC Insights)
• 30 billion – Number of connected devices in 2020 (IDC)
• 39 billion – Number of IoT devices that will be installed within five years (Juniper Research)
• $300 billion – IoT opportunity in revenue and costs savings in five years (Juniper Research)
• $1.7 trillion – Internet of Things market size by 2020 (IDC)
• $8 trillion – Estimated value of the Internet of Things over the next decade (Cisco, DHL)