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Nest Labs Gets Into Talking Smoke Detectors

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October 08, 2013 AT 4:34 AM
By Poornima Gupta SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Nest Labs has a new gadget to sell and it's another little-noticed, pedestrian home device: smoke detectors. The Silicon Valley startup that elevated the lowly thermostat with attention-grabbing designs is now launching a $129 "Nest Protect," a smoke and carbon monoxide detector that speaks and responds to hand gestures. Nest - co-founded by Apple alums Tony Fadell and Matt Rogers - has embedded its sleek gadget with a female voice that warns users when smoke and carbon monoxide levels get dangerously high. ...