Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Nest: If appliances don't talk, homes aren't smart

The smart home isn’t here yet — and won’t be — until devices in homes can talk to each other, said Nest Labs' Mike Soucie.

Soucie co-founded Revolv, a company that looked to act as a hub for controlling lights, locks and speakers in the home. Nest acquired Revolv, and he now acts as Nest's head of consumer product partnerships. Tech giant Google Inc. acquired Nest in 2014.

Soucie sat down with the Business Journal recently at the Parks Associates’ CONNECTIONS conference in Burlingame to talk about what the connected home will look like in the future.

“A common misperception is: The smart home is here and now, and is driven by the smartphone,” Soucie said. “A remote control doesn’t make it smart; it lacks the intelligence of having to work with my behavior. The term ‘smart home’ is a misnomer.”

Nest hopes to be the platform that connects all the technology elements people are adopting in their homes, to make a truly smart home.

From the article "Nest: If appliances don't talk, homes aren't smart" by Angela Swartz.

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