I stopped by the Nest tent at SXSW to see the nest thermostat and smoke alarm in action. Nest makes home automation devices which can be controlled via smarphone or by hand. The Nest thermostat can help you adjust your heat or air, while the smoke alarm can detect smoke or carbon dioxide.
The Nest fire truck was on hand to give the smoke demonstration. Notice how unnoticeable the smoke is when the alarm goes off. I have done this many times – I cook something which trips the alarm. When I move out of the kitchen, I finally notice the smoke that is actually in the room.
The demonstration also showed me how to test the batteries and make sure the smoke alarm is functioning without having to get on a step-stool to do it. The batteries can keep your smoke alarm going for up to 3 years, but its best to test every few months.
The tent also had some other amenities – Coffee, energy bars, sunscreen, lip balm, and more. You could recharge your phone while you explored their products. Get the Nest Smoke Detector for $129