2 Companies that Can Make Your Home Smarter
Two companies on the market provide a range of products that can make your home smart, more convenient and reachable from anywhere.
Recently updated, Savant® Smart Host, combines the functionality of a host and controller in a single unit, and can help automate a broad range of devices in up to twelve rooms. With powerful performance and a beautifully compact form factor, installation is simple—and its US MSRP of just $999 is the most affordable entry point yet to a Savant system.
Savant also recently announced the reinvented Metropolitan wireless lighting line, consisting of switches, dimmers, fan controllers, and keypads offering both dimming and volume control. Its elegant design is compatible with industry-standard faceplates and features a modern look suited for discriminating designers and homeowners. Metropolitan’s adaptive design also enables the products to work automatically with almost any lighting set-up, which leads to a smoother installation experience.
Nest Labs, Inc., architect of the thoughtful home, recently upped their company’s entire product portfolio with the introduction of Nest Cam, the second generation Nest Protect, new features for the Nest Learning Thermostat, and a brand new app.
• Nest Cam – With full high-definition (1080p) video quality, a versatile stand, and improved motion alerts and night vision, the new Nest Cam allows people to keep an eye on what they care about by live video stream to their phone or computer (securely transmit using a 128-bit SSL connection.) The product’s eight high-powered infrared LEDs and new algorithms improve Night Vision and motion detection as well.
• Nest Protect – The second generation Nest Protect smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarm is the first residential alarm to offer a custom, Split-Spectrum Sensor that uses two wavelengths of light to look for different types of fires. Also, Nest Protect alarms can now be silenced from your phone. Once per month, Nest Protect automatically tests the speaker and horn – quietly and quickly – using a built-in microphone.
• Nest Learning Thermostat – The best-selling Nest Learning Thermostat can now notify customers when temperatures drop to help avoid frozen pipes and adding new integrations with other Nest products. Now your Nest Thermostat and Nest Protect can work together to turn off your forced air heating/cooling system in a smoke or CO emergency.
• Nest app 5.0 – The redesigned Nest App 5.0 brings together all three Nest products, across multiple platforms, for the first time, making it easier to access and control Nest products – working on both Android or iOS devices (iOS 8.0+, Android 4.0+).
Life is only getting easier.