If you already enjoy Nest, the service is about to get way better. Or worse? Nest is trying to focus on your needs by stating that they are user-friendly, but their new feature comes in with a double edge as everything that is electronic in your house will be able to “speak” with its peers.
That’s right, Nest wants your gadgets to communicate with each other, all of them. With the new communication protocol that the company announced, that is exactly what every electronic device is going to do. The new protocol is called Weave and it does not only ensure connection in between your belongings, but to Nest as well. While this feature was initially Nest-devices-exclusive, it is now going to be available to any developer who desires it.
The Nest could API was a means of connecting with the company’s devices up until this point. The main issue was that any device needed Wi-Fi in order to do so. But if Nest’s plan is set in motion, this is going to be a thing of the past.
Nest’s intentions were made very clear in a news release this week, admitting that “Nest Weave solves many issues associated with connecting products in the home, including the ability to connect power-constrained devices as well as devices that require low latency and redundancy.” And, objectively, we want to look at Weave’s advantages and downsides.
First of all, it looks like Weave can be used to access devices from home or states that are miles away from the controller’s position. It can detect whether your house is on fire, sound or motion alerts and it can even track energy rush hour events, letting you know exactly what is going on in the world at a specific point in time. It is quite a revolutionary invention.
But secondly, there is one major downside that can come out of this: what if your entire technological information falls in the wrong hands? What is somebody is going to be able to take this away from you? It is a major dilemma that we are facing in this technological era: more and more power is given to us over our surroundings, but what if all the power is taken by someone else?
We have to look at the bigger picture: if all our gadgets can “talk” to each other, they basically know everything about what belongs to us. In this context, is Weave a great invention, or a feature that can doom us all?
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