April 4th 2014
By Mike Flaminio
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?