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Tony Fadell on How Nest Protect Aims to Rid the World of the Dreaded Smoke-Detector Beep (Video)

Nest Labs’ next product, which it is unveiling today, is indeed a smoke- and carbon-monoxide detector called Protect, as AllThingsD had reported earlier. The new product from the innovative Silicon Valley device company follows its successful launch of a new-generation thermostat called Nest.

Among its other attributes, the smoke alarm 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 are controlled by smartphones or tablets.

As it has with the thermostat, Palo Alto, Calf.-based Nest, has tried to radically redesign a home product that has not changed much in decades. The handsome-looking device uses a female voice (apparently, children wake to them better, according to reports Nest cites) to warn of a possible problem, for example, and allows a user to wave off the upcoming alarm. It is also controlled via an app, which has a low-battery alert, avoiding the annoying chirp. Available in white or black, it also has a path light as you walk under it. The Nest Protect will cost $129, and will be on the market next month.

Here is Nest CEO and former Apple exec Tony Fadell talking about the new product in a video interview I did recently:

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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald