Sales Of Nest Smoke Detectors Resume (At A Cheaper Price) After Two-Month Pause

Now with new "stays on when it's supposed" to feature.

Now with new “stays on when it’s supposed” to feature.

Two months after Google-owned Nest pulled the Nest Protect smoke detectors from the market due to an inconvenient tendency to turn off when it shouldn’t, the devices are now for sale again. And this time, at a lower price.

Back in April, Nest announced it would stop selling the detectors because it’s “Wave” feature — which is supposed to turn off the alarm with a wave if you realize everything is fine — had a tendency to misbehave, and turn off at other actions. That’s no good if there’s an actual fire, obviously, when every second counts.

After an official recall in May, Nest Labs is now selling the detectors for $99, a 23% discount from the original price of $129, notes the Associated Press.

Nothing like a little price cut to make everyone forget that its product didn’t meet expectations the first time around, eh? As such, there will be no wave feature on the new Nest Protect devices, meaning users will have to actually press a button to turn the alarm off. You can do it. It doesn’t hurt, promise.

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  1. evlpete says:

    it they *Still* dont link via hardwire ( as required by current building code) nor link into legacy systems ( also required by current building code)

  2. Mokona512 says:

    For the people who purchased the first gen version, will they be getting discounts/ partial refunds for the removed features?

    For the original initial release price, they should have used the same detection devices found in industrial multiwarners, as it was priced in the range (and the industrial ones have a large markup (generally 300% due to the low volume of sales since they are not designed for consumer use)

    If they had added those more advanced detectors, then they could implement a rule system based on air quality levels. e.g., it would be able to differentiate between different types of burning in addition to different levels of contamination, thus restricting when the wave function could actually be used (additional motion sensors could also be added in order to better determine when someone is actually waving and not running away while on fire). Overall, the original product was the result of some business people getting together and saying, “how can we sell a smoke detector with an insane price markup, and someone came up with the idea of adding a 20 cent sensor, and a $5 networking module and micro controller to basic smoke / co detector and then charging sky high prices.

    All in all, they need to bring the price down to $50