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Nest Labs unveils new technology for ‘smart’ homes

Google Inc.’s Nest Labs has launched an industry group to encourage makers of ‘smart’ home gadgets like locks and light bulbs to use Thread, a new standard for devices to communicate on a network, Reuters has reported. Thread is a networking protocol with security and low-power features that make it better for connecting household devices than other technologies such as Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth or ZigBee, said Chris Boross, a Nest product manager who heads the new group. The new Thread Group includes Samsung Electronics Co and chip companies ARM Holdings, Freescale Semiconductor and Silicon Labs. Big Ass Fans and lock maker Yale are also members of the group, which will certify Thread-compatible products.