Nest Labs, the maker of thermostat and smoke-detector acquired by Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) is opening its platform to outsider developers. The fast-growing company in the emerging smart home sector rolled out its Developer Program to work with developers worldwide to create a “more conscious and thoughtful home.”
“Other companies make digital control panels and apps that let you turn things on and off around the house. But we want to go beyond simply linking and remote controlling the devices in your home,” according to Nest Labs
According to Nest Labs, its objective is to make it possible for Nest devices to securely interact with the things people use every day such as lights, appliances, fitness bands, and cars to create personalized experiences and automatically save energy around the house.
Nest Labs officially made its Developer Program available on Monday, July 23. According to the company, there are a number of “Works with Nest” integrations that are already up and running such as the LIFX light bulbs that work with Nest Protect to pulse red in an emergency and it can make a house look like someone is at home even if the owners were on a vacation. Owners can automatically turn on and off the LIFX throughout the house.
Appliance maker, Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE: WHR), garage-door maker Chamberlain Group and automaker Mercedez-Benz signed up as partners in the program, according to Nest Labs. Users will be able to controls the energy and temperature inside their homes by connecting their cars, garage doors and washing machines to Nest.
Matt Rogers, vice president of engineering art Nest Labs said, “The Nest Learning Thermostat and Nest Protect alarm are already helping people save energy, stay comfortable, and improve home safety — but that’s only the beginning. Our goal has always been to bring this kind of thoughtfulness to the rest of your home and life.”
According to Nest labs, there are more than 5,000 developers interested to work on its platform. The company together with Google Ventures, the venture capital firm of Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers are launching Thoughtful Things Fund to invest in startups the will develop services on its platform.
Last Friday, Nest Labs agreed to purchase Dropcam, a home security company that makes internet-connected video cameras for $555 million.