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October 27, 2014

Google-Owned Nest Snaps Up Revolv

Google-owned Smart thermostat and smoke alarm maker Nest Labs has acquired home automation device maker Revolv in a likely bid to continue to secure its stronghold over the Smart home market.

The deal, which closed Saturday with undisclosed terms, will help Nest in its bid to continue to grow Works with Nest, the service that enables users’ Nest devices to securely interact with the things they use every day, both inside and outside the home.

“As of today, Revolv is now officially a Nest company,” reads a company blog post. “Their experience connecting devices around the home will help us continue to grow Works with Nest and bring the conscious home to life.”

The Revolv service will continue to be available to existing customers along with customer support, however, it will no longer be available to new customers.

“We have been inspired by Nest since our foundation, and are thrilled to be part of the Nest family,” reads a post on the Revolv website. “Together, we’re going to create some amazing products and continue to unify the connected home as part of the Works with Nest program.”

Other startups that have been added to the Works with Nest group include:

  • ivee — A voice-activated home assistant that lets users know when a Nest energy rush hour is about to start or finish.
  • Life360 — A family app that alerts Nest when everyone is gone for the day so energy will be conserved when the house is empty.
  • Pebble — Users can change the temperature and set their Nest Thermostat to Home or Away from their Pebble wristwatch.
  • Rachio — Tthe Rachio controller can automatically turn on sprinklers around the house.
  • SNUPI Technologies — Makers of the WallyHome, a wireless home sensor system so the Nest Thermostat knows not to heat or cool an unused room.

Nest was purchased by Google back in February for $3.2 billion.

The Silicon Valley company, co-founded by former Apple employee Tony Fadell, focuses on reinventing unloved but important devices in the home.

Since Nest launched in 2011, its learning thermostat has been a constant best seller.

 


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Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.

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