Originally retailing for $129, the Nest Protect was removed from store shelves on April 3rd as it was found that a feature that allowed users to silence notifications with a hand gesture wasn't functioning properly. It was discovered during testing that the Nest Wave feature allowed users to unintentionally deactivate the alarm in the case of an actual fire.
Nest rolled out a software update within 24 hours that remotely disabled this feature, and has since provided a way for customers to return their smoke detectors for a full refund.
After a month and a half since issuing the recall, Nest has resumed selling the Nest Protect with the Nest Wave feature disabled. Users looking to disable the alarm have to do it the old-fashioned way — by pressing a hardware button. Nest has announced that it is looking into alternative ways users can disable the alarm, but it is likely that hand gestures won't make a comeback. Even without Nest Wave, the smoke detector comes with features that include smartphone integration, ability to detect high carbon monoxide levels and an auto diagnostic mode that checks the integrity of the system every night.
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