Nest has invited The Verge, TechCrunch, and a vast majority of other media outlets (Smart House Resource was not invited – hopefully one day!) to an event they are holding on September 20th, with a promise of a “big announcement”. After making their new, lower cost Nest Thermostat e official, it seems the company has much more to unveil, and is going to use this press conference to do it.
The invite pretty clearly shows a living room while referencing popcorn and a comfy couch, the teaser insinuates that Nest will be announcing something home related. And while one might surmise it could be a home voice assistant product – we don’t see Google encroaching on their own Google Home product with a Nest-branded version – so we have a different theory: We think they are going to be focusing on the home by announcing a Nest-branded home security monitoring system.
First rumored by Bloomberg back in March, a security system would prove to be the next logical step in Nest’s mission to create a connected home – and help protect it as well. The system may come built in with cameras or bundled with them – like the Nest Cam – or it may offer integration with that device and it’s other products: the Nest Cam IQ, Nest Protect, and of course the 3rd generation thermostat and new E branded thermostat – to offer a piecemeal, build your own security system. Doing so would put serious pressure on the big home security monitoring companies like Simplisafe, alarm.com, and of course ADT; and considering ADT and Nest are partners with ADT’s own Pulse offering, this new product may cause some friction between the two companies. We’ll know for sure on September 20th.
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