Nest, the Internet of Things company that creates connected home products, wants your Nest Cam videos of aliens and meteors.
The company put out the call for extraterrestrial evidence today in a YouTube video of last week’s meteor explosion that lit up the Arizona sky at 4 a.m.
Arizonans may not have been awake to witness the alien-like fireball, but Nest Cams are always watching.
“Meteor? Or aliens?” Nest asks in the video description. It was, in fact, “random space rock,” according to the curator of the Center for Meteorite Studies at Arizona State University. Regardless, a camera that is always watching is the perfect tool to catch weird night time activities — and Nest wants all of that video evidence.
“Once in a while, you find gold in your camera feed,” Nest writes in its video submission form. “We want you to share your best clips with us, so we can share them with everyone.”
This isn’t the first time Nest has capitalized on user-submitted videos. The company put out 2015 compilation of the best clips in December (below). That video featured baby catches, dogs falling off tables, bear home invasions, and lots of snow. This call for video is decidedly more out there than the best of 2015.
A few states will likely be sending in more videos than others since meteors (or … aliens?) don’t fall across the states equally. According to Washington University in St. Louis, 1,671 meteorites have fallen in the United States since 2013. The majority of those fell in the Southwest, with Texas, California, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Arizona in the top five.
The video of Arizona’s fireball that lit up the sky comes a week after co-founder and former CEO Tony Fadell announced he was “leaving the Nest.” Alphabet, Google’s parent company, bought Nest for $3.2 billion in 2014. Disappointed revenue growth and resignations due to company culture preceded Fadell’s fall from Nest grace.
Whatever is next for the company, you can count on connected home security cameras catching more meteorites in the future.