‘Nest Launches Protect, a smoke/CO Detector’

Marco Arment:

The Protect follows the apparent Nest mission of premium, “smart” updates to widely hated, “dumb” household devices, but I don’t think it’s providing a big enough benefit to a big enough problem for many people to upgrade. If your smoke detector has too many false alarms, moving it is going to be a far more effective upgrade.

Agreed. After the fiasco that came of my Nest,1 not sure I am interested in these products any longer.


  1. It stopped working and charging, even though I meet all the requirements. They shipped me out a “resistor” to be installed, but never had someone install it. I followed up 4 months later and they told me “Oh, we don’t have any technicians in your area, we would pay about $85 to any company you choose to install it.” Great, I can install it, just give me the wiring diagram. “We can’t do that sir.” Why? “You are not licensed.” Neither would any company not on your list be to work on this, it’s just a resistor. “Sorry.” Well, fuck you to Nest. 

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by Ben Brooks
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Marco Arment: The Protect follows the apparent Nest mission of premium, “smart” updates to widely hated, “dumb” household devices, but I don’t think it’s providing a big enough benefit to a big enough problem for many people to upgrade. If your smoke detector has too many false alarms, moving it is going to be a […]