Nest Labs, which Google acquired for $3.2 billion in January 2014, launched Works with Nest to ensure that its devices can play nicely with devices made by third party manufacturers. Since its launch, numerous companies, including Jawbone, Phillips, Whirlpool, Mercedes-Benz and Logitech, have built Works with Nest integrations. Google says that one in eight homes using Nest also use a Works with Nest device, and last year launched an online store to highlight Works with Nest products.
The Works with Nest API now has three additional features developers can tap into:
- Snapshots, which allow developers to programmatically capture frames from Nest Cam.
- Activity Zone, which developers can use to provide notifications when activity occurs in user-definited areas monitored by a Nest Cam.
- A Nest Thermostat API that gives developers the ability to detect when the Nest Learning Thermostat is locked.
In a related effort to help it cement its position as a leader in the smart home space, Nest also announced OpenThread, an open source implementation of the Thread networking protocol that Nest's products use. Greg Hu, the head of Nest Platform and Works with Nest, says that "because Thread is an IPv6 networking protocol built on open standards, millions of existing 802.15.4 wireless devices on the market can be easily updated to run Thread. OpenThread will significantly accelerate the deployment of Thread in these devices, establishing Thread as one of the key networking technology standards for connected products in the home."