It's the beginning of January, and you know what that means, tech fans. It's the week of CES!
For those of you that don't know, CES is the Consumer Electronics Show held in Las Vegas every year. This is where you'll see the coolest gadgets of the year unveiled, and the hottest news about tech gadgets all year. And the newest announcement of 2015 is a doozy.
Nest, the smart thermostat bought by Google last year, has made the Internet of Things more connected - and even smarter - than ever. Now, Nest can tell when someone is home.
What does that have to do with the Internet of Things? More than you think.
It turns out that Nest is a lot smarter than it was last year. Google has created a new wave of the Internet of Things by making its own elite group, "Works with Nest."
Google's Nest now partners with Whirlpool, Mercedes, Philips Hue, August and more smart gadgets to make your home safer and better. Now, you could come home, unlock your August smart lock at the front door, and Nest will automatically start heating or cooling the house.
The Philips Hue smart bulb can "talk" to the Nest thermostat and smoke alarm to change color and flash when there is an emergency. And Withings, the French maker of fitness trackers, has partnered with Google and Nest to create a sleep-monitoring bracelet that will communicate with Nest, changing the temperature of the house while you sleep.
And when you wake up, your personal Internet of Things will slowly brighten the lights, change the temperature and get you ready for your day.
Even better, the Ooma VoIP home phone service now connects to Nest and can learn when you and your family comes and goes. This is especially important if you have kids that come and go on their own. You can receive alerts when your kids come home, and when they don't.