- Hundreds of thousands of Google’s Nest smoke alarms recalled.
- 440,000 Units of Nest smoke alarms were sold to the market.
- Google and its key developers are investigating into the matter.
- New and improved version of the detector may available in the market soon.
22 May 2014 , California – Electronic gadgets which made to make life easier sometime fails to perform as it should be and companies who develop and manufactured has to pay a huge price for those errors.
In a recent technological news, Google Corporation is recalling their product “Nest” due to some failure of the device they have developed and sold in the market.
According to the News report by AFP, Nest in April disclosed that a “wave” feature that lets people disable alert sounds by flailing their arms could also accidentally be triggered by other gestures.
The US Product Safety Commission on Wednesday issued a recall notice for 440,000 smoke and carbon monoxide alarms by Nest, a tech-driven start-up acquired by Google earlier this year.
Nest in April disclosed that a “wave” feature that lets people disable alert sounds by flailing their arms could also accidentally be triggered by other gestures.
The Google-owned company offered refunds and released software disabling the feature.
The recall notice formalizes that owners of the approximately 440,000 Nest detectors sold can get refunds instead of rendering the Internet-connected alarms safe with software updates.
The notice said there have been no reports of incidents, injury or damage related to the wave feature.
Nest discontinued sales of the alarms after putting out word of the potential problem, but is reportedly on track to resume sales in a month or so.
Google in January bought the company, which began as a smart-thermostat start-up, in a deal valued at $3.2 billion.
Nest co-founder Tony Fadell is a former senior vice president of the Apple division behind iPods and iPhones. Fellow co-founder Matt Rogers was a lead iPod software engineer working with Fadell at Apple.
Inspiration for Nest came when Fadell was building an environmentally-friendly home in Northern California and discovered that thermostat technology was stuck in a bygone era. Fadell pulled together a team to bring the thermostat into the mobile Internet age.
Nest launched in late 2011 with its smart thermostat and later added a smoke and carbon monoxide detector to its line.