Monday, January 13, 2014

Networked Household: Google buys manufacturer of interactive thermostats - TIME ONLINE

The company’s Nest developed intelligent home appliances. Google wants the company now buy for $ 3.2 billion – and could thus get the data the user


A smoke detector of the company's Nest

A smoke detector of the company’s Nest | © AP Photo / Marcio Jose Sanchez

Google wants to buy into business with networked home automation. The U.S. internet group plans to take over the company’s Nest for 3.2 billion dollars (2.34 billion euros). Nest is a provider of digital thermostats and smoke detectors. The acquisition is one of the biggest of the Internet Group. They should be handled in the coming months, Google has announced. Supervisors must approve the business even more.

nest should continue to be led by co-founder Tony Fadell, shared with Google. Fadell is a former Apple executives and is considered one of the fathers of the music player iPod. A few weeks ago, he announced an accelerated expansion into Europe.


The units of nest attended in the United States with their smart thermostats for attention. Remember the preferences of residents and control about the heating according to their habits. Lower the temperature automatically when no one is home, and can be controlled from your smartphone. The devices also employ motion sensors. For example, if a smoke alarm goes off during cooking, it is enough to wave in front of the Nest device to park it again.

“We see when people burn their toast or carbon monoxide leaks,” Fadell had said in early December at the conference LeWeb in Paris. Now stressed nest in a blog entry, the data would continue to operate exclusively for the operation and improvement of its devices and services.

It says so in the privacy rules of the nest. Subsequent changes in the rules were not excluded, Fadell said. Google could also get the data from the devices you have installed it.

nest was aware that people would see information from its budget as a very private matter, Fadell had said in Paris. Therefore, the company had a private hacking team to look for any weaknesses. Authorities could possibly get access to the information, but only in isolated cases. “If someone wants to approach data from a household, he must come to me or my co-founder and the reasons for good.”

It is not the first foray of Google in the home technology. Google had once under his own roof, a project for smart computer, but this ended again.

nest thus count the events: Only at the beginning of the year had the technology blog Recode reported nest is facing a further capital injection. Investors wanted to buy more shares nest for at least $ 150 million to an overall evaluation of the company of over two billion dollars, it was then called, citing informed people.

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