The Home Depot has expanded its connected home product assortment with the launch of Wink-enabled products in the retailer’s U.S. stores and online. The Wink smart home platform unites close to 60 devices, creating a broad set of connected home products in one ecosystem.
Products emerge from 15 manufacturers of home goods ranging from light bulbs and locks to window shades, irrigation systems and water heaters, garage door openers, dimmers, ovens and air conditioners. Manufacturer partners include Bali, Chamberlain, Dropcam, GE, Honeywell, Kidde, Kwikset, Leviton, Lutron, Philips, Quirky, Rachio, Rheem, Schlage and TCP.
“The Home Depot’s nearly 2,000 U.S. stores offer consumers the broadest network of connected products from brands that they and their family rely on,” said Brett Worthington, vp/Wink. Originally created as a platform to connect Quirky’s products to mobile devices, Quirky has now established Wink as a subsidiary and standalone business.
“When looking for new products and services, we believe it is critical The Home Depot provide our customers the connected home options and convenience they desire— one that is easy, affordable and gives them the choice in products they need. With Wink, we’ve found a partner that supports the industry leading brands we already carry on our shelves and online,” said Jeff Epstein, vp/home automation merchandising, The Home Depot.
All Wink-enabled products are operated through the Wink app, which is free to download through the Apple App Store and Google Play. As part of Wink’s commitment to an open ecosystem, it has developed the Wink Hub to support products that do not connect directly to the Internet. The Wink Hub MSRP is $79.99. However, through Labor Day at The Home Depot, the Wink Hub is priced at $49.99. With the purchase of one Wink-compatible product from The Home Depot, the price of the Wink Hub drops to $24.99, and with the purchase of two Wink-compatible products, it drops to $0.99. The Wink Hub has no monthly fees or contracts and supports leading protocols including WiFi, Bluetooth LE, Z-Wave, Zigbee, and Lutron ClearConnect, so consumers can set up the products without worrying about their compatibility, noted Wink.