Despite its internet connection, Nest's Learning Thermostat has been a closed device so far -- you've had to rely on Nest for new features and software. The company is opening up its platform with the announcement of a developer program. Programmers will soon get to build web apps that link the thermostat to other devices and services, such as home automation equipment. Nest won't start the program until early 2014, but it's already partnering with Control4; eventually, all of Control4's apps and remotes will commandeer Nest hardware. If you're interested in growing the ecosystem, you'll find more details at the source link.
Nest Announces Developer Program
Nest to Work with Select Partners, including Control4, to Build Integrated Home Experiences
Palo Alto, Calif. – Sept. 25, 2013 – Today at CEDIA Expo, Nest Labs, Inc. (www.nest.com) announced plans to begin working with developers on creative ways to connect with the Nest Learning Thermostat through integrations such as home appliances, lighting and home automation. By introducing a web API, Nest is taking the first step toward working with partners to build a simple, secure and connected experience for the home. The Nest developer program will officially kick off in early 2014.
Nest is interested in working with developers – from individuals creating their own apps to established companies – who create products, apps or services that work with the Nest thermostat. Visit www.nest.com/developer to participate or get more information about the Nest Developer Program.
"Since we launched in 2011, there's been steady demand from the developer community for Nest to create an API," said Matt Rogers, Nest founder and vice president of engineering. "While we've always wanted to create a Nest Developer Program, our first priority was to build a great product, customer experience and team. We've defined what the Nest experience should be. And now we're getting ready to open our doors."
Nest is also announcing its first partner in the developer program, home automation leader Control4.
"We've been working with Nest to bring our customers and installers a level of integration that previously hasn't been available with the Nest Learning Thermostat," said Eric Anderson, senior vice president, products at Control4. "For customers, the partnership means they'll be able to control their Nest thermostats through any Control4 interface such as a remote, touch screen or mobile app."
"We are working with Control4 because their open platform is designed to make all the devices in the home work together. It's the perfect opportunity to integrate with a partner who sees the same opportunity to create a great customer and installer experience as we do," said Rogers.