Home improvement retailer Home Depot is making a big smart home push at its retail stores with the availability of Wink compatible smart home products at over 2,000 US retail stores. The list includes the DropCam Pro, Philips Hue, smart locks and more. Some products can be controlled using the free Wink app, available on iOS and Android. The retailer is offering the Wink hub, which acts a central controller for assorted smart products. Now through Labor Day, Home Depot is offering the hub at just $49.99.
Wink was developed Quirky + GE. A sparse number of their products are being offered at Home Depot including the Quirky Pivot Power Surge protector, Spotter Sensor, Quirky Aros Air Conditioner and the unique Refuel App-Enabled Propane Tank Gauge.
Local retail stores are carrying up to 60 products which are compatible with the Wink platform. The Wink hub supports Wi-Fi, Bluetooth LE, Z-Wave, Zigbee, Lutron, ClearConnect, Kidde. Home Depot offers the Nest Learning Thermostat, but does not list that among supported products. Instead, they list a number of GE owned Honeywell thermostats.
A new version of the Wink app was launched to support the introduction of these products at Home Depot stores. The new software update also lets users create shortcuts to seetings and robots for automating interactions between products.
The addition of smart home products to Home Depot is a plus for all smarthome owners, regardless of whether they have opted for the Wink hub and platform. Early reviews in both Apple’s iOS App Store and the Google Play Store are not particularly favorable.
The aggressive pricing on the Wink hub coupled with expansive retail availability should help with the adoption of Wink. Is anyone considering Wink over SmartThings, Vera, Revolv or the Staples Connect hub?
For those interested in discussing the new hub and software, or to find help, check out our new Wink forum here at The Brilliant Home.