Nest opens its developer program to let apps and services tap into its smart home appliances

Google NestI like to see more household devices have APIs exposed that allow developers to build on top of existing functionality.  Of course, this could also be potentially dangerous if you’re able to change the thermostat and bad code sets your thermostat to 110 degrees.  Probably unlikely, but a possibility – or maybe hackers will be able to access your thermostat one day.  I would also be curious if you have access to the Nest’s motion detector and it basically becomes a secondary security system that can detect when someone is in your house when they’re not supposed to be.  We’re seeing more and more connected devices in homes that will eventually create a pretty powerful and detailed network/sensor array.  In any case, I think I’ll take a look at the Nest API and see what you can do with it.


Nest, the company bought by Google for $3.2 billion, has opened its developer program to allow other apps and services to tap into its smart smoke alarms, thermostats and other home tech products it launches in the future.

“What we’re doing is making it possible for your Nest devices to securely interact with the things you already use every day. Things like lights, appliances, fitness bands and even cars. Because when we make connections between these different parts of your life, we can create personalized experiences that do even more to keep you comfortable and safe,” the company writes on its blog.

Initial ‘Works with Nest’ integration partners include Mercedes-Benz, whose cars tell Nest products to activate when they are near home; LIFX bulbs, which sync with Nest products to flash during an emergency; and Jawbone, which links its UP24 band to Nest appliances.

The Wall Street Journal reports that “some” Google apps will connect with Nest, but users will maintain full control over what information, if any, is shared.