Low-power smart devices given boost with Nest's Weave platform

Smart home purveyor Nest has unveiled its Weave platform that will allow devices to speak directly with one another without a connection to the internet. 

The Google-owned company says the new platform will solve many issues associated with connected products in the home such as the ability to integrate power-constrained devices and products that require low latency and redundancy.

The Linus lock by Yale has been announced as the first to take advantage of Weave incorporation.

The lock is touted as the ‘first connected residential door lock’ and will allow users to check if the door is open or closed, set up passcodes providing different levels of access for family members and guests and see when they came and left from the Nest app.

The Nest platform has so far attracted more than 11,000 developers that have requested access to the API allowing connections to Nest products.

Developers have built a variety of devices that take advantage of smart interconnectivity and integration with cloud services.

Examples include household appliances that know not to run when energy prices are high and light bulbs that flash when there’s smoke in the house.

Nest says that Weave gives developers a new way to work with the Nest platform.

They can access home and away states, smoke and carbon monoxide alerts, motion and sound alerts and peak energy rush hour events.

The platform can be used across devices including those running iOS and Android, in addition to web browsers.

“Building a connected product is hard,” said Matt Rogers, Nest’s vice president of engineering.

“We’ve been doing it for the past five years and have first-hand experience with the challenges. That’s why we want to make it easier for developers.

“We’re offering proven technologies like Nest Weave, along with cloud services and the ability to integrate with the Nest app. Developers have an end-to-end solution when they work with Nest, and can use only the parts of the program that meet their needs.”

Nest also announced a camera API that allows developers to connect their products to Nest Cam for the first time.

August, Mimo, Petnet, Philips hue and Skybell are the first third-party products to use the API which is supposed to offer improved safety and awareness in the home.

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