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>> WORKS WITH NEST - DEVELOPER PROGRAM
just a thermostat - or is there more than meets the eye?
the "Works With Nest" developer program that will allow
developers to connect to a number of services provided by their Nest Thermostat
and Nest Protect products to provide enhanced smart-home functionalities. The
Nest Developer Program provides an API and set of tools to allow communication
between custom applications and services with the Nest products.
How can you extend a Thermostat you might ask?
Well, forget about just monitoring the temperature and doing some smart
adjustments to minimize power usage. Imagine the wearable gadget you have
gone to bed with realising that you have just woken up or your car knowing
it is on its way home; what if they could communicate with your Nest
devices to ensure everything is perfect (temperature wise) when you go
into get breakfast or arrive home from your job.
What about privacy and big-brother conspiracies? This is a Google company.
Most of the data that Nest will share – with Google and others – will focus
on whether users are at home or not, as detected by sensors on the thermostat.
When people link a home device and related account with Nest, the company will
not share their email address, name or home address with other companies,
We’re not becoming part of the greater Google machine.
Matt Rogers, CEO of Nest Labs
I can understand this is one of Google's attempts to help put the brakes
on the Apple HealthKit momentum from developers - but I would definitely
(as a consumer) be concerned about systems out of my own control being
notified when and not I am at home without some level of privacy guarantee.
Much like posting your wear abouts on Foursquare, Facebook and Twitter -
one must be careful about who is listening to such information.
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