The Nest Thermostat has made a mundane appliance cool, with its elegant design, readable display, human-oriented menu options, and mobile and Web management. Nest Labs has done it again with the Nest Protect, a smoke and carbon monoxide detector available in both wired and battery-only models.
Before it screeches at you, it speaks the issue aloud, so you can address it with your wits intact. You can use a gesture to turn it off when, for example, burnt toast sets it off -- no need for a broom to wave the smoke particles away. And no more finding a ladder to push the reset button. Oh, and it's a motion-activated nightlight as you walk past or beneath it.
Nest Labs Nest Protect