Mountain View, Calif.-based Google will spend $3.2 billion to acquire Nest Labs, a home monitoring device company, it said in a statement Monday afternoon.
Palo Alto, Calif.-based Nest Labs is led by Tony Fadell, the same person who, at Apple (AAPL), was responsible for developing its iPod music product.
Fadell will continue to lead Nest Labs within Google after the deal closes, which is expected to be in the next few months, the buyer said.
Though the $3.2 billion megabuy of an Apple acolyte's company might seem counterintuitive, Google had been an early investor with Nest Labs, beginning with the company's B round in 2011. From 2010 through the present day, according to venture capital investment monitoring site CrunchBase, the company raised a total of $230 million.
Nest advertises itself as the creator of the Learning Thermostat, a home monitoring app that learns from its owner's temperature control adjustments. The company also makes smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.
While the deal may seem far afield for Google, it is already invested in technologies that are a departure from its initial goal to own all the searches in the known Internet.
The company already is one, if not the premier, developer of wind energy. Besides running its own wind farm developments in multiple U.S. states, the company established a wind energy agreement with O2 plc, a developer of wind farms across Sweden and elsewhere.