I am really happy for the folks at Nest who have extended their product line to include the Nest Protect. The dream of the plug and play smart home is one step closer. Yes, home automation products are out there, but Nest brings it to the masses.
You may hear Industrial Designers speaking these days that it’s not about the design of a single product anymore; it’s about an ecosystem of products interacting with each other to provide a seamless product experience. That does sound really nice, so what does it mean?
Tony Fadell, former Senior Vice President of Apple’s iPod division and co-founder of Nest found himself frustrated, with the limited features of current thermostats. Along with co-founder Matt Rogers, they got to work redefining “unloved” products of the home. Fast forward to today and we not only have the Nest Learning Thermostat but the Nest Protect, together; they make your home smarter, safer, more efficient, and automated.
The Meaning of Product Ecosystem
This is the meaning of a product ecosystem. Products working together, which learn your behavior and then become invisible, until setting to action at times of danger or need. For instance, if the Nest Protect detects carbon monoxide it provides both an audible warning and a signal to the Nest Learning Thermostat to switch off the furnace, a common source of (CO). This becomes an experience far more meaningful than a tagline; it saves lives, compelling you to become emotionally connected to it. Like Apple, with iTunes and the iPod, Nest is creating a system of products that transcends hardware and software, transforming user experience into being more personal, beautiful, and thoughtful.
Needless to say, I’m really excited to see how the story of Nest continues to unfold.