Kara Swisher

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Nest’s Next Product Will Be a Smoke Detector Called Protect


Nest’s next product, which it is set to unveil soon, will be a smoke detector called Protect, according to sources. The new product from the innovative device company follows its successful launch of a new generation thermostat called Nest.

The smoke detector will be connected to the thermostat, part of an effort by Nest to create a series of home products that are aware in the home and adapt to the environment and its users and controlled by smartphones or tablets.

A Web site run by former Wall Street Journal reporter Jessica Lessin first wrote about the new product from the well-funded startup, although sources said it will not be attached to a subscription service as was reported on the site today.

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik