BUILD THE UL­TI­MATE CON­NECTED HOME

NEST CAN MAKE YOUR HOME SAFER, MORE SE­CURE, MORE COM­FORT­ABLE AND EVEN CHEAPER TO RUN

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In case you didn’t know, Nest is an Al­pha­bet-owned com­pany, mak­ing it part of the same fam­ily as the almighty Google. Since its de­but over­seas, Nest has made the Nest Pro­tect key pieces of home tech to cre­ate an ecosys­tem of es­sen­tial gad­gets. Nest Pro­tect ($189) is a smoke and car­bon monox­ide de­tec­tor, and is joined by an in­door se­cu­rity cam­era (Nest Cam In­door, $319) and, most re­cently, an out­door se­cu­rity cam­era (Nest Cam Out­door, $319). An­other item in the fam­ily, Nest Ther­mo­stat, won’t be re­leased in Aus­tralia just yet, but the ini­tal trio of prod­ucts are ce­ment­ing their place in the con­nected home rev­o­lu­tion.

Each prod­uct has its in­di­vid­ual mer­its but things get re­ally ex­cit­ing when you use Nest as a com­plete pack­age and tie it into other Nest-com­pat­i­ble tech. Within the Nest app you can check the status of each de­vice on a sin­gle screen, which is great, but the neat thing about the ecosys­tem is that when­ever you add a de­vice to it, that de­vice au­to­mat­i­cally con­nects up and works har­mo­niously. For ex­am­ple, if the Nest Pro­tect de­tects a high con­cen­tra­tion of car­bon monox­ide, it will tell your Nest-con­nected stereo to lower the vol­ume, and di­rect you to the alarm. Clever and po­ten­tially life-sav­ing.

Although Nest only has three pieces of tech at avail­able in Aus­tralia at present, Works with Nest en­ables heaps of other home tech to con­nect to its ecosys­tem, in­clud­ing Google Home, Philips Hue light­ing, robot vac­u­ums and more. As long as third-party brands carry the Works with Nest logo, you’re guar­an­teed they will do just that.

Out of the box, new Nest cus­tomers will re­ceive one month’s free trial of Nest Aware, which gives you ex­tra fea­tures such as 10- or 30-day video his­tory, ac­tiv­ity zones and in­tel­li­gent alerts. If you wish to con­tinue us­ing Nest Aware af­ter the trial pe­riod has ended, you’ll need to pay a sub­scrip­tion fee (from $14 a month). Over­leaf, we ex­plore some of the cool things Nest can do, as well as show you how you can set it up to en­joy the per­fect con­nected home ex­pe­ri­ence.

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