The Nest Protect smoke alarm is now back on sale following issues with its gesture controls.
Earlier this year, Nest pulled its smoke alarm from its online store. This was due to issues with its Wave gesture controls, which let you silence the alarm with a wave of your hand.
Apparently, there were some unusual cases where you could turn the alarm off entirely by accident using this gesture control system, causing Nest to withdraw the Protect for the protection of its customers.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission reckoned around 440,000 Nest Protect devices were affected.
You can now buy the Nest Protect from the Nest Store again, but the device has returned with a new £89 price tag. Originally, you’d have to pay £110 for the smart smoke alarm, but its reduced price is due to the fact it’s missing a key feature.
The Wave gesture feature still hasn’t been fixed, but Nest has said it is working on a fix.
Anyone who already owned a Nest Protect had the Wave feature deactivated remotely to save users the hassle.
You can still silence the alarm, but you’ll need to do it by pressing a button rather than waving at it.
Of course, Nest Protect has other great features that differentiate it from standard smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.
For one, it’ll send an app notification to your phone when the alarm sounds, alerting you when you’ve got issues at home even when you’re not there. Plus, you’ll also be reminded to change the batteries when it’s running low on power.
The Nest Protect is also continuously checking itself, letting you know everything is working well by quickly glowing green during the night.
Its early warning system also lets you know where the potential danger is, before an emergency happens.