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Brief Published: 26 Jun 2014

Nest Opens Smart-Home Platform to Developers

Nest thermostat

Google-owned smart home device maker Nest Labs has announced that it will open its platform up to developers in order to establish itself as the leading operating system for internet-connected devices in the home.

The Nest developer programme has already partnered with a range of brands, including German automaker Mercedes-Benz, US wearable tech firm Jawbone and American home appliance manufacturer Whirlpool.

The programme will allow its partners to link their software and applications to Nest's thermostat, which will act as a control hub for devices in and around the home. For example, Nest suggests that its Nest Protect smoke alarm could be linked to Australian light-bulb maker Lifx's wi-fi-enabled light bulbs to flash red for danger.

"What we are doing is making it possible for your Nest devices to securely interact with the things you already use every day," Nest said in an announcement on its blog. "Because when we make connections between these different parts of your life, we can create personalised experiences that do even more to keep you comfortable and safe."

Nest's latest move comes as the concept of the 'connected home' edges closer towards becoming an everyday reality. Recent launches such as smart speakers, garden sensors and voice-activated hubs are driving innovation, and the race is on for a brand to establish itself as the core platform to connect the dots. Take a look at Eco-Energy: Smarter Savers and Super Security for a closer look at how the connected home market is evolving.