On Monday, Nest launched the Nest Developer Program, which allows developers to use the Nest API to integrate with a wide range of Nest products.
The launch comes roughly five months after Google acquired Nest for $3.2 billion, and a day before the Google I/O conference here in San Francisco.
Nest has partnered with some notable companies like Mercedes-Benz, Jawbone, and Whirlpool to create an entire network of ‘Works with Nest:’
‘Works with Nest’ makes it possible for your Nest devices to securely interact with the things you already use every day, both inside and outside of your home
For on-the-go convenience, Mercedes-Benz works with Nest for easily controlling the temperature of your home from the convenience of your vehicle, and to receive reminders to ensure your Nest is set to ‘home’ or ‘away’ mode.
For a wearable convenience, the UP24 band by Jawbone, a device that detects when you’re awake and sleeping, works with Nest to adjust the thermostat to your preferred temperature automatically, simply by waking up and going to sleep.
Whirlpool is also part of the ‘Works with Nest’ network, and provides convenient and energy saving services. The Whirlpool Smart Front Load Washer and Dryer works with Nest to 1) keep clothes fresh while you’re away 2) save energy by using with longer cycles while you’re away 3) and automatically delay cycles during “energy rush hours.”
Other companies that work with Nest include IFTTT ( to write “recipes” to make devices do things under certain conditions), LIFX ( smoke or CO, LIFX bulbs), Chamberlain (so your garage knows when you’re home or away), and Logitech (to easily control things throughout your house). And starting this fall, ‘Works with Nest’ will work with Google, so you can simply speak a command and via Google Now your Nest thermostat will do as you say.
The Nest API allows a new level of interaction between you and your home. According to VentureBeat, prior to the Nest API’s release there had already been more than 5,000 early signups.
We’ve been hearing about the Internet of Things for a while now, but with the introduction of the Nest API, we can really begin to imagine what our lives will look like when all of our home appliances and devices start talking to each other.
Marie Dodson is the assistant editor at Torque. She graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Biology and Society. She enjoys wine, good books, and travel.
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