Nest Protect
Smart Safety
by NICK CARUSO




A smoke and carbon monoxide alarm sounds a warning in the presence of too much smoke or carbon monoxide. Smoke and carbon monoxide kill things that breathe. Pretty simple logic dictates that, since we all breathe, we should be paying reverent attention to smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. Then why unplug, power down or otherwise ignore yours? Seriously. Why? Well, we occasionally do it too, and for the same reason as you: normal smoke and CO alarms are calibrated too sensitively and become annoying. If we wanted someone to point out that we yet again burned the pizza crust, we'd ask our kids. Yet 62 percent of fire deaths occur in homes without functioning smoke alarms (or homes without any device at all). That's two thirds or fire deaths that are potentially preventable, and here we are unplugging our alarm when we get a little irked on date night.




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Nest has innovated before -- their smart thermostat brought the home heating arena into the modern age -- and they've gone and done it again, this time to save lives rather than make us a little more comfortable. Their Protect smoke and CO alarm features a two-stage alert process: if levels of smoke or CO are on the rise but not at lethal levels, a verbal warning (e.g. "heads up: there's smoke in the kids' bedroom") is sounded and a yellow light comes on, both dismissible with a deliberate wave of an adult's arm thanks to the motion sensors within the device. It'll turn from yellow to red and sound a full-scale alarm and a verbal message should levels continue to rise; and if smoke or CO levels escalate to dangerous amounts quickly, the Nest skips the yellow "heads up" alert and goes straight to the red, full-scale alarm.


The Nest Protect App integrates with the Nest alarm so users can track alarms and battery levels, create emergency plans and automatically alert their emergency contacts via a mobile device. The Protect also links to the Nest Thermostat to shut down a furnace if CO levels set off the alarm. To avoid the obnoxious battery chirp we all hate, the Protect flashes a green glow at night that signifies a healthy battery life, and changes to yellow to signal when a recharge is needed; when the lights are out, a motion sensor lights up the same LEDs (white this time) to escort you to the bathroom sans stubbed toe. Not to mention it looks like something out of MoMA. A gorgeous, intelligent lifesaver, the Nest Protect is almost exactly like Baywatch-era Pam Anderson -- almost.


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Excellence, innovation, craftsmanship, and an unwavering desire to challenge expectations -- these are the constants that have captivated our attention since Gear Patrol's inception in 2007. This year we're proud to announce the next step in our role as a champion of quality in product design and execution: welcome to the GP100. Our inaugural product awards are dedicated to honoring the 100 best consumer products released during the calendar year by companies of all sizes and scope. 


The GP100 is not a ranking or a contest. These selections represent the collective expertise of our entire editorial staff, who have scoured every corner of the vast product universe -- from automotive and electronics, to men's style essentials, home goods, spirits and outdoors -- to find the inspiring and the practical, the ground-breaking and the traditional, the priceless and the accessible. In short: products that define or defy their respective categories to better the life of the modern man.



METHODOLOGY


The GP100 is not a contest influenced by marketers or brands, nor is it a ranking by specifications as determined by uniform tests. Instead, it starts with a comprehensive list of nominees released in the calendar year, researched and compiled by our editorial team of obsessed experts across all of Gear Patrol's major areas of interest including Motoring, Technology, Style, Home, Spirits, Outdoor and Watches. Brands are not part of the selection process. Nominees are then debated in context of the past, present and future of their respective fields. Which selections stand as significant innovations, category busters or faithful monuments to the icons of history? Do they adhere to Gear Patrol's core tenets of excellence, design, utility and the spirit of adventure? Distilled to the following 100 items, the GP100 represents the best products on earth released in 2013 -- easily inspiring consumers and creators alike during their search for guideposts of excellence in a vast world of products.


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Motoring   Watches   Style   Technology   Sports   Outdoors   Home   Spirits

WRITERS


Jeremy Berger

Ben Bowers
Alex Bracetti
Nick Caruso
Adam Craniotes
Ed Estlow
Jon Gaffney
Jonathan Gallegos
K.B. Gould
Bradley Hasemeyer
Jason Heaton
Mike Henson
Amos Kwon
Matt Neundorf
Scott Packard
Austin Parker
Henry Phillips
Peter Saltsman
Chris Wright
Eric Yang

CREDITS

Produced by Ben Bowers, Chris Wright, Eric Yang
Designed by Eric Yang
Edited by Chris Wright
Photography by Henry Phillips, Eric Yang, Gishani
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