What could go wrong? Rooting Google's Nest

Subject: General Tech | June 25, 2014 - 10:07 AM |
Tagged: google, nest

If you have been holding off on purchasing Google's Nest thermostat because you didn't like the app that controls it or just were not overly interested in a thermostat that trys to learn your schedule; would you be more interested if you could root it?  All it takes is physical access to the thermostat and a minute with it plugged into a USB port on a computer.  Not only will this give you complete control over the hardware inside, you can also install an SSH server with a reverse SSH connection to bypass firewalls.  It will be interesting to see how these rooted Nest's can interact with other pieces of hardware released by Google with the "Works with Nest" branding.  Check out how to do this for yourself at Hack a Day.

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"A few months ago, Google bought a $3.2 billion dollar thermostat in the hopes it would pave the way for smart devices in every home. The Nest thermostat itself is actually pretty cool – it’s running Linux with a reasonably capable CPU, and adds WiFi to the mix for some potentially cool applications. It can also be rooted in under a minute."

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Video Perspective: Nest Protect Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detector

Subject: General Tech | November 27, 2013 - 09:58 AM |
Tagged: video, nest, nest protect, smoke, carbon monoxide

Though a little bit outside our normal coverage area, I wanted to share a quick video we made this morning that shows off the new Nest Protect smoke and carbon monoxide detector.  Much like the Nest thermostat released a couple years ago, the smoke detector takes a new approach to this bland and "dumb" device in your home.  It connects to Wi-Fi for alerts, speaks in a human tone about warnings and is intelligent enough to let you know in what room the emergency is occurring. 

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