Nest’s smart thermostat and smoke detector can now hook up to other parts of the internet of things — allowing them to talk to washing machines, cars and lights.
The company has extended its “Works with Nest” programme, which allows third-party kit to connect to the smart devices.
The new platform will mean that Philips Hue lights, which can change their colour and other settings over wifi, could glow red when the thermostat or smoke detectors sense a problem. And because the thermostat can detect when you are out of the house, appliances such as those made by Whirlpool can switch onto a refresh mode so that your washing is fresh when you get back.
The thermostat can also link to the Automatic driving assistant, so that it can warm up your house when the GPS system suggests that you’re on your way home. It can also link to your garage door in the same way — and can turn the heating off when it senses that you've left.
7 best gadgets to keep your home safe
7 best gadgets to keep your home safe
1/7 BT Smart Home Cam
This is the one of the cheaper options available. That means leaving out some of the more exciting features, like cloud recording, but it does most of the basics: you can watch your home from anywhere, and the sound and audio quality’s good. It’s also black, in a sea of white competitors, which helps it blend in and stops it looking like too much like a threatening CCTV camera. £99.99, Amazon
2/7 Philips In.Sight
This is the perfect high tech replacement for a baby monitor, offering the option to play sound back through the camera, which is set in a small and tough case. You can buy cloud recording for an extra fee, and the app is easy to navigate. £130.90, Amazon
3/7 Dropcam Pro
This is as close to the top of the range as is needed for most uses, and is a neat little box that contains a good camera and can be mounted pretty much anywhere. Nest’s just bought Dropcam — most think that was for the cloud recording software, which is unrivalled. The cloud recording needs a subscription, but it can sense movement and save any footage for up to a week. £199, Amazon
4/7 Nest Protect
A smart smoke and carbon monoxide alarm might seem unnecessary, but the Protect looks after your home without being annoying. It chides you with its human voice if you’ve left something burning in the kitchen – but alerts you quickly and with information about where a fire is if something more dangerous breaks out. £89, Amazon
5/7 Nest Learning Thermostat
Nest made its name with its thermostat, which learns your habits and heats your home accordingly. Nest's thermostat syncs with the company's Protect, shutting down your boiler if it senses a carbon monoxide leak so that you can stay safe. £179, Amazon
Aside from their more exciting uses — such as remotely changing the colour of your lighting — smart lightbulbs can be used to give the impression of someone being home even when they’re not. The bulbs use a simple app so that you can control them from your phone. They also sync with the Nest smoke detector, and can flash red if it finds something amiss or switch into holiday mode when the thermostat detects that you’re away. £79.95 per bulb, Amazon
7/7 Belkin WeMo Switch
For the lamps and other devices that plug into the wall, you can use this to remotely turn them on and off. If you’re worried that you’ve forgot to turn the heater off, or want to disguise that you’re out of the house, you can control your devices from wherever, using a smartphone app or on a schedule. Belkin also offers a similar, motion-activated device. £34.99, Amazon
And it also links in with air conditioning firm Big Ass Fan’s products, meaning that the fans can redirect warm air to heat the house rather than turning the central heating on.
Other new members of the programme includes garage doors, cars, Kevo smart locks, webcams, sprinklers, phones, clocks, watches, music players and more. The full list and the ways they can be used are included on the “Works with Nest” programme’s page.Reuse content