Open Nest – Unlocking the Internet of Things
Google has positioned Nest to be the central platform in the Internet of Things. Google announced recently that it will open it’s ever popular smart thermostat up to third-party developers. To try to put this in perspective, remember the iphone before Apple created the App store? No? That’s probably because the app store is what launched Apple’s iconic handheld into the stratosphere. Before the app store and the accompanying SDK (Software Development Kit), the iphone was cool, but not nearly the tool that has since revolutionized wireless technology. You may be asking what does this have to do with a thermostat? Afterall, you don’t want to play Angry Birds while adjusting your HVAC settings. Howevery, you should really take some time to consider exactly what a cloud-based Nest platform could mean. Mark Wilson wrote recently about Google Nest “…this thermostat serves as a warm, inviting, front door to Google’s cloud.”
What Nest represents is the first major open platform connected to your home. It could very well be a convergence point for all the other connected devices that are invading our lives. Not only will these devices be able to communicate with Nest, but also with each other using Nest as a hub. Imagine lights turning themselves off automatically once you’ve left the house or the alarm auto activating when you’ve been gone for more than 10 minutes. When Google purchased Nest for $3.2 billion in January it had this exact moment in mind. Google values open systems and has even tried to establish this platform once before with it’s Android@Home in 2011. That service failed to catch on, but now with a powerhouse connected device like Nest, the reality of interconnected home devices is closer than ever.