Google Completes Nest Acquisition, New 'Internet Of Things' Wave Begins

Google Completes Nest Acquisition, New 'Internet Of Things' Wave Begins

Google’s quest to purchase Nest, maker of smart, connected thermostats and smoke detectors, is complete. The search giant’s $3.2 acquisition has been approved, per a Google regulatory filing.

The move brings Nest and all of its human resources, most notably former Apple senior VP Tony Fadell, under the Google umbrella, and it portends much more than just really cool thermostats. Google will use Nest to pursue connected devices, and it could lead to huge growth of new connected devices--which we now call the Internet of Things (IoT).

Nest smoke detector

Google has already demonstrated an interest in smart devices with its self-driving car program, and moving into our homes in a more integrated (intrusive?) way makes plenty of sense,too. The possibilities for smart appliances and control over various house functions in a connected home are limited only by the imagination.

The Nest folks have the chops to help Google move into this new realm of products and services, but for as eagerly we await the technological treasures that Google will no doubt create, we must be mindful. Anything that is connected can be hacked, and as we’ve already seen, IoT devices don’t necessarily come equipped with the same sort of security our computers enjoy--or any security at all, for that matter.

The wave of IoT products and service is exciting, but companies like Google need to put as much effort and R&D into building in adequate security, too.
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I am really excited about this acquisition and am very curious to see what direction they go in! I have the original Nest installed in a 4 story cabin in Big Bear CA and it is amazing!. My family and I love being able to pre-set a temp as we leave our home and drive up for the weekend, it is a 2-3 hour drive and by the time we get there the temp is exactly what we want regardless if it is a warm summer outside of got several feet of snow in the winter. Then for extended stays it has learned our preferences and the amount of time it takes to get the temp we desire so there is no waste where it runs longer than it needs to. We were going to buy the Nest smoke detector during the holidays but last minute decided to wait and I am glad we did. I am sure we will end up buying the entire Nest/Google catalog once they start releasing some cool new stuff :O

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