Google has bought Revolv, a startup company in home automation, to help Google’s subdivision known as Nest. Nest labs is a digital thermostat company, which was acquired by Google recently. These acquisitions are geared towards Google’s investment in appliances for smarter homes. The startup, Revolv, is invested in the development of hardware products, which acts as a smart appliance manager for consumers.
Through its Nest division, the company has been researching deeper into integrating home appliances and products with smart devices like phones and tablets. For example, Nest has a partnership with Jawbone fitness trackers, to control the home thermostat when the consumer wakes up. Nest is exploring more options with fitness trackers to customize homes using wireless technology. Revolv is a Colorado-based startup company located in Boulder. Revolv is an expert in wireless and radio communications, which will further help Nest’s development. Revolv Company would continue to support customers who already have its products, but will stop selling new products under Revolv brand name.
Since June, Nest has been working with different product manufacturers under an umbrella known as “Works with Nest”. Mercedes Benz has a partnership under this program to control home temperature through the vehicle. The vehicle will alert the thermostat about the arrival time and the thermostat can begin its heating or cooling process to make the temperature perfect when the consumer arrive home. Google is hoping that Revolv will further assist them with the “Works with Nest” program, with their experience in automating home appliances like light bulbs, speakers, etc.
It is prudent to note that Google is not the only company investing in a home automation portfolio. Very recently, Samsung made an acquisition of company called as SmartThings (which is also a start-up) that is known for making accessories that connect home appliances and devices to Internet. The battlefield for smarter homes was being prepared for the past three years and companies are making their move now.