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What Can You Connect With a Wink Smart Home System?
The new platform is promising close to 60 smart products for every room in the house.
July 08, 2014 by Rachel Cericola

Two weeks ago, we mentioned that Wink was planning to launch 60 products. Right on time, the company has already made many of those products available for purchase.

Wink is a new DIY home automation system that’s backed by GE and Quirky—the same people that brought us the genius of the Egg Minder. However, it isn’t just a new company; it’s a new smart home platform, which can work with products from 15 different manufacturers. Some of the planned products include light bulbs, window shades, water heaters, garage door openers, locks, and much more.

Wink products are now available for purchase through Home Depot stores and HomeDepot.com. It’s important to note that some products will require the Wink Hub, while others will work out of the box with the free Wink app. The Wink Hub is designed to bring everything together under one system and one app, with support for Wi-Fi, ZigBee, Bluetooth, and Z-Wave. Originally priced at $79, it’s currently available on HomeDepot.com for just $49.99. While all 69 products aren’t currently available, at last peek, Home Depot had 26 products that only need the Wink app, with an additional 12 available for pairing with the Wink Hub.

Want to know what you can currently connect with Wink? Check out our Wink product slideshow.

Also Check Out:
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Rachel Cericola - Contributing Writer
Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.

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Posted by Terry  on  07/15/14  at  05:47 PM

Hey Scott…

I’m right up there with you on X10! Insteon is the other signal-over-powerline technology that is not supported (right?), but I think it is possible to find gateways.

Z-Wave gateways for X10 used to exist, but didn’t seem to grab hold of a market.

Is there an opportunity here to develop something? As usual, the technology is not to hard to piece together, but marketing is a challenge. SmartHome and X10 companies, themselves, are really in the best position to build and promote this, no?

Posted by Scott Wood  on  07/09/14  at  05:20 PM

Looks interesting but I don’t know why there is not support for X-10.  Yes I know it is an old standard and the new stuff is better but I think there is a lot of people looking for adding on to a current system including myself.  My X-10 system with Homevision is a great system and I am not ready to toss it out (nor can I afford to do so).  There is lot of room for growth in home automation but there are plenty of current systems looking to upgrade.




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