'Nest Protect' Smoke Detectors Back On Sale After Safety Recall, Now Starting at $99

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Nearly three months after it was pulled from shelves over safety concerns, Nest has restarted sales of its Nest Protect app-enabled smoke detector with a lower price tag of $99, reports The New York Times.

    The company, which was acquired by Google in January for $3.2 billion, stopped selling its smoke detector after testing revealed that the Nest Wave feature could be disabled unintentionally. The Nest Wave allows users to silence alarms by waving at the detector as opposed to pressing a physical button. While the glitch hasn't been fixed, the company noted that it will issue a software update to do so in the near future.

    The Nest Protect is available to purchase from Nest's official website for $99, and comes in colors of black or white.

    Article Link: 'Nest Protect' Smoke Detectors Back On Sale After Safety Recall, Now Starting at $99
  2. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 24, 2010
    Seems like a pointless recall, even if you "unintentionally" silence the alarm it means you'd be next to it, you'd still hear it going off before it was silenced, you'd probably be aware of the fire burning your house down. Job done.
  3. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 26, 2012
    The discounted price is on account of the money Google makes from selling your data to the highest bidder.

    On this $99 version, instead of an alarm when the fire comes, you get an advertisement "need fire insurance?"
  4. macrumors member

    Feb 19, 2014
    If I recall correctly the issue wasn't people "unintentionally" silencing the alarm. The problem was that the smoke waves could potentially be seen by the detector as someone waving in front of the detector, hence silencing the alarm "unintentionally" (by the fire smokes).
  5. macrumors 68030


    +1 ….. You crack me up, lol
  6. macrumors regular

    Jun 7, 2009
    Unfortunately they don't ship internationally.
  7. macrumors newbie


    May 3, 2006
    London, UK
    Those who purchased a Nest Protect before June 15th can claim a partial refund;


  8. macrumors 68020

    Jul 29, 2002
    Vancouver, BC CANADA
    What makes that "unfortunate"? They took two months, reinstated sales, and still don't have the fix in place? Count yourself lucky for not having one of these protecting your home.
  9. macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    San Jose (CA)
    I was going to say I'm glad I waited to buy this, but I guess they're offering refunds for people who bought it before.
  10. macrumors 6502a

    May 8, 2008
    People still think this deal was better than Beats. Buying a company for 3.2 billion with revenues of under 250 million a year with ? Margins and no direct link to your core business or beats with 1.5 billion in annual revenue for hardware with 70% + profit margins plus a streaming music business that provides the missing part to your must strategy? Not to mention gaining the guy who helped Jobs negotiate the original iTunes deals.
  11. macrumors newbie


    May 3, 2006
    London, UK
    Protects me in exactly the same way as it did. Only difference being that I have to press the button to silence (with a little hop) rather than gesticulate my hand and get £20 back...


    They do. Just not to your country currently.



  12. macrumors G5


    Nov 14, 2011
    Apple was never going to buy Nest. Don't think they wanted Tony Fadell back.
  13. macrumors regular

    Mar 18, 2014
    Like i'm gonna buy an overpriced device that didn't work properly and needed a recall. Yeah, right!:rolleyes:
  14. macrumors 603


    Aug 4, 2011
  15. macrumors 601


    Jan 23, 2002
    East Coast
    Might be OK for people who live alone. But what about houses with multiple occupants? If you accidentally turned off the alarm while someone else is sleeping thorough, he's in trouble
  16. macrumors 6502

    Sep 14, 2012
    If there is an active fire in a home and it is required for you to evacuate, WHY IN THE HELL would you silence the alarm in the first place!?!?! The ability to silence a smoke detector is only for smoky cooking or small isolated fires.
  17. macrumors 68030


    Mar 25, 2011
    The crappy sensors they use are a bigger issue that nobody is talking about.


    Beats was a great deal for Apple and Nest was a great deal for Google.
  18. macrumors 68000

    Cuban Missles

    Dec 6, 2012
    My heart is in Camagüey, the rest in the USA
    Nest is now owned by Google. Apple should put out hardware for the home in addition to the aggregator app home kit. Or just buy phillips. I love the Hue, but it needs to be expanded even further. Or buy Belink to get the WeMo line. I like Hue better, but I will switch if you Apple goes with Belink. My point is that with the new app in iOS8/OSX the only think missing is the hardware. Get rid of Nest. Forget the iWatch, put some home hardware out and this could be huge, IMHO.
  19. RMo
    macrumors 65816

    Aug 7, 2007
    Iowa, USA
    The poster said "accidentally," so nothing you just said is really relevant. :)

    As for the Wave feature, I've always thought it was a bad idea. At least their testing only seemed to indicate movement from people could silence it, but if it's detecting people via IR or movement, I'm not sure why an actual fire couldn't also (very problematically, of course) do the same.
  20. macrumors 65816

    Dec 5, 2011

    So if they pulled them to update the software due to this issue then why are they re introducing them STILL BROKEN months later? Makes no since. At least its only $99 for a broken device instead of $250 :rolleyes:

    Think I will stick with the $29 home depot version that works. I don't need to wave at it to tell it goodbye when there is a fire.
  21. macrumors 6502

    Mar 9, 2010
    Although I don't have the Nest Protect, they did issue an update today for the IOS app that removes the Nest wave feature according to the release notes.

    I have the Nest thermostat and love it.. well, I did until Google bought the company. I figure now it will gradually get worse the way Skype has since Microsoft bought them.
  22. macrumors regular

    Aug 4, 2004
    Thanks for posting! I bought mine right before the recall. I ended up returning one to Home Depot and what a pain that was (it wouldn't scan because they pulled them off all the shelves). But I still kept a few (didn't want to go thru all that trouble too).

    Was kinda on the fence about keeping them/putting them in but I think I will now.
  23. macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    HAHA You loved your Nest until Google bought Nest? Tell me, what exactly happened to your Nest or any other Nest after Nest was purchased by Google?

    That is like saying you loved Ford until someone you severely disliked bought a Ford. In other words, irrational online poster is irrational.
  24. macrumors 6502

    Mar 9, 2010
    See my Skype analogy. It doesn't happen immediately. But tell me... WHY did Google want to buy a thermostat company. Google in an information harvesting behemoth that is buying up companies that it feels will further that quest for knowledge about everyone's business.

    You are correct that my Nest still looks as nice on the wall and usually functions as well as it did when I bought it. But lately, there have started to be 'issues' with successive software updates. Mainly with the online connectivity portion.

    Now Google may be buying Skybox?

    With anything Google, you are not their customer, you are their product.
  25. macrumors 68000

    Aug 11, 2009
    That is strange since Nest didn't update their TOS yet to allow that. They are still being operated as a separate company and aren't sharing data with Google.


    Google didn't buy Nest for their smoke detectors and thermostats. By most accounts, they bought Nest for their hardware design team. It seems to be a long term buy and not one for short term gains.

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