CES 2015: Nest’s new partnerships mean smarter homes are on the way

Interconnected homes seem to be a theme at this year’s CES, and smart thermostat company Nest has taken it to another level by announcing new partnerships with more than a dozen brands.

Google-owned Nest made its name selling a web-enabled thermostat and smoke detector, reports The Next Web. The 15 new partners, including LG and Whirlpool, have been announced in collaboration with its ‘Works With Nest’ programme, which has been around for six months.

Now users will be able to pair devices to do a whole host of cool and useful things: notifications when you’ve left an LG or Whirlpool appliance on, controlling window shades, flash Philips Hue lightbulbs in different colours when smoke is detected and even phone emergency services.

As for the partners, Nest supports devices like the August Smart Lock, Automatic car adapters, Insteon, LG appliances, the Ooma Telo, Phillips Hue lights, the Kevo Smart Lock, and the Withings Aura Sleep System.

So what’s next? Nest says it will soon partner with Big Ass Fans, the Beep Dial, ChargePoint Home EV, Lightify lights, Stack bulbs, Whirlpool washers and dryers, and Zuli Smartplugs.

Main image via David Berkowitz at Flickr Creative Commons

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Sadie Hale