Making a definitive play on the smart-home turf of Alphabet’s Nest Labs and their Nest Protect smoke alarm, Silicon Valley company Roost has begun shipments of their first Smart Smoke Alarm products, including the RSA-400 and RSA-200. Designed to work in tandem with the Roost app, the products are 120-volt hard-wired systems and include the innovative Roost 9V Smart Battery as their backup power source.
Aimed squarely at the $99 Nest Protect smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) detector, the Roost RSA-400 offers smoke, fire, CO, and natural gas detection features at an MSRP of $79.99. The RSA-200 offers the smoke and fire detection features only, with an MSRP of $59.99.
As their first product launch since the the release of the 9V Smart Battery in late 2015, Roost is putting another foot forward into the smart-home safety space, and will further extend that reach with the planned release of the Smart Water and Freeze Detector later in 2016.
“As a leader in smart home technology, Roost’s mission is to create easy and affordable ways for consumers to enter the smart home market,” said Roel Peeters, Roost CEO and co-founder. “Our first major leap forward was the introduction of the Roost 9V Smart Battery, and the journey continues today with the availability of the new Roost Smart Smoke Alarms.”
Roost says the new RSA-400 and RSA-200 Smart Smoke Alarm products are available through lowes.com, homedepot.com, and the company’s website at GetRoost.com. Check back soon for our hands-on review of the RSA-400 product, after we conclude an in-depth testing process inside our smart-home lab environment.
Tom Kolnowski is the Chief Content Officer & Founder of Digitized House Media, LLC, the publisher of Digitized House | Guide to the Connected Home. When he isn’t writing about smart home technology, sustainability, and high-performance architecture, you’ll find him exploring faraway destinations with his family.