Nest launches its answer to Apple’s HomeKit with a developer program

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Hot on the heels of its $555 million acquisition of Dropcam, Nest is announcing plans to work with a variety of products, including LIFX light bulbs, the MyQ garage opener from Chamberlain, Logitech’s universal remote, Jawbone and Google’s voice controls. The news is an expected expansion of the Nest platform, which had originally planned to open its API at the beginning of this year until it was purchased by Google for $3.2 billion in January.

Along with the news of the developer program, Google Ventures and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers will lead the Thoughtful Things Fund to provide developers an opportunity to “secure the support and visibility necessary for getting projects off the ground.” I have no idea what this means in practice, but I assume there will be some small amount of funding coming out of an existing fund from Kleiner and whatever monies Google Ventures has…

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