Google paid $3.2 billion for Nest fire alarm, now pulled from market


This does not fill me with enthusiasm for our Glorious Internet Everywhere future. The Nest Labs smoke and carbon monoxide alarm has been pulled from the market after discovery that one of its “features” could delay it from reporting a fire.

Nest said it discovered during testing that the Nest Wave feature (which allows users to make a waving motion in front of the alarm to turn it off) could be unintentionally activated. In turn, that could delay the alarm going off if there was a true emergency.

Did Nest do even minimal testing before shipping this turkey?