SAN FRANCISCO -- Google's Nest Labs is resuming sales and lowering the price of a high-tech smoke detector that was pulled from the market after malfunctioning.
The new price for the detector, called "Nest Protect," will be $99 when sales resume late Monday following a two-month moratorium. That's a 23 percent discount from the alarm's original price of $129 when Nest released it last fall.
Nest designed the device so an alarm warning of smoke could be turned off with a wave of the hand after a user determined there was no danger. But other kinds of hand gestures also could turn off the alarm, raising the specter that the device might remain silent when a fire broke out.
The defect prompted Nest to halt sales of the detector in early April.