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NewsPoster Oct 8, 2013 10:24 AM
Nest's Protect smoke/carbon-monoxide detector talks before alarms
Nest has introduced a smoke and carbon-monoxide detector that aims to overcome many of the annoyances and drawbacks of traditional detectors. Rather than simply sounding a loud alarm at the first hint of smoke, the <A href="">Protect</a> starts by using a human voice and changing light colors to tell residents what's wrong and where the problem. <br />
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The early heads-up system provides a way to quickly silence the device if it is known to be reacting to a non-emergency, such as burning toast in the kitchen. Residents also don't have to struggle to silence the alarm, which can be dismissed by standing under it and waving an arm.<br />
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Like the company's thermostat, the Protect can be connected to a home Wi-Fi network to be remotely monitored and controlled from a computer or smartphone. Users can view the status of any problem as it transition from a heads-up alert to an alarm emergency and back to normal as the smoke or carbon monoxide clears.<br />
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The Protect is available for pre-order for $129, in black or white colors and an optional AC power connection.
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