Google's Nest Recalls Smoke Detector
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5/22/2014 | 9:37:14 AM
Google, welcome to the world of mass consumer product manufacturing.
Drew Conry-Murray
Drew Conry-Murray,
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5/22/2014 | 11:12:57 AM
So just how do you write an algorithm to distinguish between the hand-waving of 'Shut up, smoke detector, it's just dinner that burned' and the hand-waving of 'Holy crap my house is on fire! Google save me!'?
Lorna Garey
Lorna Garey,
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5/22/2014 | 11:30:17 AM
Re: Algorithm?
Why not have a PIN that you can enter to shut the thing off in case of dinner burning? Heck, you could write the PIN in Sharpie on the device. 

Although, of course, a keypad or *horrors* Sharpie graffiti would desecrate the design asthetic.
Thomas Claburn
Thomas Claburn,
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5/22/2014 | 4:14:37 PM
Re: Algorithm?
Nest missed the boat on voice recognition. "Alarm off" is a lot less prone to misinterpretation than trying to calculate the intention of a gesture.
Charlie Babcock
Charlie Babcock,
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5/22/2014 | 8:38:18 PM
First GM recalls, now Google
Google's roots lie in being a service company creating new products out of software. Just because it has the dough to acquire a hardware device company doesn't mean it automatically has become a competent hardware company. It may yet become one, but clearly some lessons are going to have to be learned the hard way.
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5/26/2014 | 12:42:21 PM
Re : Google's Nest Recalls Smoke Detector
Sometimes it's good to be simple google, I agree the system is convenient because carbon monoxide is deadly and very hard to detect. If a good invention is not put at good use then it turns out as useless as the case here. I don't want to imagine the number of lives lost because the fire alarm didn't work. Google should up their game; if possible they should be sued for the inconvenience they caused their customers. Then again, don't they test those gadgets before they find their way into the markets?

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