Wink Home Automation Opens Homes To Total Harmony
So, you want to create a connected home. Youve seen enough of the movie Smart House
to know what you want, and youve bought all the components necessary for it. The problem is: the companies that create your connected home devices dont want to play nice
. Thats rightyour Schlage smart lock wont want to work on the same application as your Philips Hue smart light bulbs.
Before you start creating a folder full of smart home device applications on your smart phone, we should probably mention that a solution has just hit Home Depot. Wink home automation synchronizes all of your homes smart devices into one easy to use smart phone app
. Created by crowdsourcing invention company Quirky, Wink can find devices on all of these connection protocols:
You no longer have to feel obligated to buy all the devices in one system, like everything in Apples HomeKit. People dont want to buy systems. They want to buy products,
Ben Kaufman, CEO and founder of Quirky, the company that created Wink, said in an interview with Wired
. Thats where our approach wins.
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How It Works
While many of Quirkys devices have the Wink Technology built in (and can, therefore, be connected solely with the Wink app), any device outside the Quirky family will require the hub
, a sleekly designed wireless control center that can be placed virtually anywhere in your home. The hub doesnt even require an Ethernet connection.
Setup is easy too. All you need to do is download the Wink app on your smart phone, connect the smart hub to your app, and connect all of the smart devices in your home. Then, youre ready to go. The geekier at heart might be interesting in creating Shortcuts and Robots, which take your favorite settings and make them one tap away
Say, for example, its 10:30pm and you want to get to bed, but youre too tired after a long day of work to go around every room of the house and turn off the lights. With Wink, you can set up a Sleep shortcut, which will do everything you need to do to get ready for bed, including turning off all the lights, closing the blinds, and locking the doors, when you request it.
You can also build virtual robots, which perform the tasks you want to complete automatically
, like unlocking the door and opening the garage when youre close to home. With a robot, you dont even have to be on the app for the event to occurit automatically happens at a certain time or place, unlike shortcuts.
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The best part about the Wink system has to be the cost. For $49, you get access to the Wink hub
. You dont even have to pay for shipping if you buy the hub through Home Depot. Once you have the hub, you can connect to most smart home devices, including all Quirky devices. There are no monthly fees either. You pay once and your home becomes a smart home.
A Truly Connected Home
The Internet of Things is still for hackers, early adopters and rich people,
Kaufman said in an interview with The New York Times
. Kaufman and Wink aim to change that by connecting the otherwise unconnected in smart homes.
The Internet of Things is going to keep growing. Fragmentation of the industry, though, might not get any better, especially when big companies like Google and Apple are attempting to slice their own pieces of the home automation pie. With the introduction of Wink, the home automation industry will be easier to modify, add to, and use