Meet Nest's Protect, a Smart Smoke Detector That's Actually Exciting

What home appliance do you hate the most? Odds are good it’s the smoke detector—that incessantly chirping, totally inconsistent mess of beige plastic that we can only hope actually works when needed. That may be about to change: Today, Nest Labs unveiled Protect, a Wi-Fi connected alarm that lets you keep tabs on your… » 10/08/13 9:00am 10/08/13 9:00am

Every Smart Appliance Should Be as Brilliant as This Smoke Detector

It's easy to scoff at the idea of smart appliances when you're faced with an onslaught of everyday devices with bewilderingly superflous Internet-y capabilities crammed in for little other reason than to pad the feature list. It doesn't have to be that way though. Take the Canary, for instance, a smart smoke alarm.… » 6/27/13 12:32pm 6/27/13 12:32pm

Hideous Moth Smoke Detector Saves Lives Instead Of Destroying Clothing

Normally you'd do everything you can to rid your home of moths, lest they leave your clothes and other fabrics riddled with holes. But this over-sized facsimile is actually being sold as a stylish alternative to run-of-the-mill smoke detectors that you won't mind having perched to your ceilings. » 8/20/12 1:40pm 8/20/12 1:40pm