Google, one of the world’s most valuable companies, is looking to build smart home systems that can interact with the world around them, even if they’re not connected to the Internet.
Google has partnered with the Australian company Nest to develop a system that connects to the home through Nest devices.
The system will be built on Google’s Android operating system, and the goal is to eventually allow smart home devices to interact with each other.
A Nest product is shown at a press event at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California, in this March 8, 2021 file photo.
The company will build a “smart home” system that can include smart bulbs, lights, thermostats, thermo-fluid, refrigerators, air conditioning and more, Nest CEO and co-founder Tony Fadell told Bloomberg TV.
The Nest platform can also connect to Google Assistant and the Google Home platform to control the smart home, he said.
The company also plans to add more sensors, which Nest says will include motion sensors, cameras, microphones and other sensors that can sense and respond to physical movements, according to Bloomberg.
Nest, a unit of Alphabet, is best known for its Internet-connected thermostat that works with the internet and home automation services.
The service has been used by millions of homeowners, but its usefulness has been limited by its complexity and lack of integration with Google Home, the company’s connected home device.
Nest said it is working on new technology that will make it easier for homes to control their own home and smart home by controlling it from Google’s own Home and Google Assistant.