Last month, we saw Google acquire the robotics company Boston Dynamics with plans of making the future look awesome. And now, Google is looking to expand its visions for the future into your home.
The Verge magazine reports that Google has purchased Nest Labs, as well as the services of famed iPod inventor Tony Faddell. Nest, which Google bought for a whopping 3.2 billion dollars (in cash!), will still operate independently from its new parent company, Faddell says.
You may know Nest Labs for their improvements on household items, like the Nest Learning Thermostat that automatically saves your home energy and money while finding the ideal temperature for your family. Nest also produces the Protect smoke detector that eliminates the annoying smoke alarm sound while still warning the family of dangerous levels of smoke or carbon monoxide.
Google isn’t exactly sure about how they will add Nest Labs into their designs for the upcoming year, and Nest is keeping quiet about how they will integrate with Google’s product lineup. But Nest confirms that it will continue to support Apple and iOS operating systems.
This combination of Nest’s in-home solutions with Google’s name recognition could be the perfect storm to expand innovative technology into the future. Mr. Faddell and Matt Rogers, Nest’s other co-founder who will also be making the move to Google, certainly seem excited.
“Google will help us fully realize our vision of the conscious home and allow us to change the world faster than we ever could if we continued to go it alone,” wrote Fadell. “We’ve had great momentum, but this is a rocket ship.”
But what does this all mean for us? Should we be excited that Google is getting one step closer to connecting your entire house to the internet? Or should we start panicking that Google is reaching Skynet proportions and begin implanting self-destruct chips into all of our appliances?
Well, we here at Dream It Do It Nebraska see this as an encouraging sign for young students everywhere who are interested in advancing technology into the future. All it takes is a great, simple and useful idea—like Nest—and you could be the one to catch the attention of some of the big names in innovation in the future.
Google has seen that companies like Nest Labs are the building the next big things and want to get on board now. You should too, by taking those STEM courses and keeping up those new ideas for a better tomorrow.
Who knows? If you’re up to the challenge, it may some day be you sitting at the head of your company’s roundtable waiting for the Google execs to give you a call.