The "Internet of Things" is here. That means your home can now be the "home of the future," with smart TVs, connected washing machines, smart lightbulbs, even cars!
But there's a caveat to having everything connected to the Internet in your house. Things can be hacked, and products can be recalled for dangerous reasons.
That's what's happening with Nest. The company is recalling ALL of its 440,000 Nest Protect Smoke + CO alarms due to a "failure to sound alert" caused by a flaw in the "Wave" feature, which disables sounds with hand gestures.
No incidents have been reported, but Nest isn't taking any chances.
Do you have a Nest smoke detector? The company has released the following instructions for an update that fixes the problem and disables the Wave feature.
Here's the official statement from Nest:
The repair is an automatic electronic update that disables the Nest Wave feature and is delivered automatically to devices connected wirelessly to the Internet and linked to a Nest account. Consumers should take one of the following actions:
Consumers who have not connected their Nest Protect devices to their wireless network and linked them to a Nest account should immediately do so. The devices will automatically receive the update that disables the Nest Wave feature. Customers should confirm that their devices have been updated by going to Nest Sense on their Nest account mobile or web application and ensuring that the button for Nest Wave is off and grayed out. Instructions on how to connect to a network and disable the feature are available at http://support.nest.com/article/Nest-Protect-Safety or by contacting Nest Labs.
Consumers whose Nest Protect devices are connected to their wireless network and linked to a Nest account should immediately confirm the receipt of an automatic repair that disabled the Nest Wave feature by going to Nest Sense on their Nest account mobile or web application and ensuring that the button for Nest Wave is set to “off” and grayed out. No further action is required and consumers can continue to use their devices.