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Nest launches developer program for smart thermostat, future devices

updated 08:35 pm EDT, Wed September 25, 2013

Developer's program launches in 2014, Control4 first partner

Nest Labs today 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 on the success of the Nest thermostat and integrate an app ecosystem for the device. The Nest developer program will officially kick off in early 2014.

Also revealed today was Nest's first partner in the developer program. Home automation company Control4. The firm is using the API 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 of 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."

"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. "We are working with Control4 because their open platform is designed to make all the devices in the home work together."

Nest is interested in working with developers ranging from individuals creating their own apps to established companies who create products, apps or services to work with the Nest thermostat. More information about the Nest Developer Program is available at the developer's website.

by MacNN Staff



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