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Nest tech now plays nicely with more of the other smart home kids

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While many tech savvy home-owners have entered the world of Smart Home tech, there’s still a long way to go before the dream of the fully integrated connected domicile can be realised.

That’s mainly because although the various smart bulbs, locks, thermostats and smoke alarms are great at talking to smartphones, they’re not that good at talking to each other.

Today Google-owned Nest made strides to change all that as it announced integration with a host of other IoT platforms.

See also: Nest Thermostat (3rd Gen) review

Through the Works With Nest platform, the company has announced partnerships with major providers August, Misfit and Belkin WeMo, along with a host of other lesser-known manufacturers.

This means, for example, owners of the WeMo switches can use that to turn on a home fan if it senses the temperature on the Thermostat creeping up.

Those who own the August Doorbell Cam will be able to view footage from a Nest Cam within the August app.

Video is a powerful aspect of smart security in the connected home. The integration with Nest lets our Doorbell Cam and Nest Cam work together to bridge the gap between activity happening inside and outside the home,” explained Jason Johnson, CEO of August.

Another noteworthy integration is for owners of the SkyBell and the Nest Smoke Alarm. If smoke or Co2 is detected, the SkyBell will glow red to inform users.

For fitness fanatics wearing Misfit trackers, the app will inform the Nest Thermostat to nudge the temperature up as its about to wake you up, making it that little bit easier to get out of bed.

We can expect to hear more about this integration at Google I/O tomorrow.

Jamie Cole

May 18, 2016, 7:59 am

For those of a more geeky nature looking to integrate different Smart Home things look at the open source OpenHab project. It can talk to a bunch of things (Nest, Philips hue Lighting, Z Wave etc..) but set rules between them. It's quite fiddly to get going but seem very powerful

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