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Nest halts sales, disables wave feature


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At Nest, we conduct regular, rigorous tests to ensure that our products are the highest quality. During recent laboratory testing of the Nest Protect smoke alarm, we observed a unique combination of circumstances that caused us to question whether the Nest Wave (a feature that enables you to turn off your alarm with a wave of the hand) could be unintentionally activated. This could delay an alarm going off if there was a real fire.


So, apparently people may wave their arms in a real fire. The company is suspending sales until they come up with a fix and will disable the feature on existing devices.

This is one of the cooler features of the Nest to silent alarms out of reach on the ceiling. Seems a little weird, frankly. If you waving your arms in a fire induced panic, would you just go back to bed if the alarm goes off?




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