Quirky Launches Wink Home Automation, Releases Hardware and Software

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 Wink, a spinoff of Quirky, has released hardware which is now available at Home Depot and Amazon. There is an iOS app to control both the Wink hub, and some of the home automation devices you may already own.

Here's how it works: There's this Wink app, that's free in the iTunes App Store, which you can use to connect to a variety of devices like Honeywell thermostats and Schlage door locks. For things that don't fall in the "Ready to go" category, there's a Wink Hub which will communicate to those devices, like Dropcams, Leviton outlets/switches, and the Rachio sprinkler controller.

Regular price for the Wink Hub is US $79.99, but through Labor Day the "intro" price is $49.99. If you buy one Wink-compatible product you get the Hub for $24.99, and if you buy two the Hub sets you back 99 cents. Looking at the products listed on Amazon, all of them are more than $50, but if you're looking to get into home automation anyway, picking up a couple of accessories which make the Hub nearly free isn't a bad way to do it. You may find some more affordable options at Home Depot too, so it may be worth a trip to check out what's available in your region.

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I am so very much for this. Wink software can help me condense this folder full of apps I have now down to one app that runs all the stuff I already installed. It's a smart move to allow integration with things that could already exist, and if the Hub makes it easier still, there's no reason this isn't a great idea. Keep in mind that HomeKit isn't an app unto itself, it's just a way for folks like Quirky to make Wink easily accessible across the OS. You won't be launching HomeKit to run things in your house, you'll have an app like the Philips Hue app or the Wink app that could call on pieces of HomeKit and make it easier to run lights or automatically trigger things at a certain time.

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