Quirky today released a major update its Wink smart home app, enabling the app to now work with a number of smart appliances and products from companies such as Dropcam, Honeywell, Leviton, Schlage, Philips, and more.
In addition extended product support, the app also contains a streamlined interface that allows users to schedule and monitor devices, create shortcuts, and automate tasks with multiple devices. Quirky notes that while many smart appliances simply require a direct pairing with the app, others require the new Wink Connected Home Hub, which is available today from Amazon and Home Depot for $49.99.
The updated Wink app also works with GE's line of "Link" smart LED light bulbs, which were announced last month and developed in collaboration with Quirky. For $49, customers can purchase a Link starter kit that comes with two smart light bulbs and a link hub, while individual bulbs start at $15.
2014 has seen the launch of a number of smart home products, with many coming from a number of well-known manufacturers including Chamberlain, Haier, iHome, Osram Sylvania, and Withings among others. Last month, Apple announced its new HomeKit initiative, which allows products and their corresponding apps to work with iOS using a single, secure protocol. Apple is also said to be working on smart home products for HomeKit, which could debut later this year.
Wink is a free app for iOS devices and can be downloaded through the App Store. [Direct Link]
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Speaking with Quirky support, they stated that the Chamberlain integration is coming on July 14th.
Something tells me this land grab will be shortlived and someone will come along and just manufacture lights or outlets that you setup with bluetooth and don't NEED a hub. That will displace all these Belkin, Philips, and Wink hubs.