Home Depot debuts Wink collection of connected devices
Home & Textiles Today Staff -- Home Textiles Today, July 11, 2014
New York – The Home Depot is launching the Wink collection of smart devices, marking the retailer's expansion in the connected home market
The Wink platform unites close to 60 devices, including light bulbs, locks, window shades, irrigation systems and water heaters.
"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 of Wink. "Together we are offering the simplest way to connect to products in the home from trusted brands like Leviton, Honeywell, Rheem, Lutron and Schlage."
"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,” said Jeff Epstein , home automation merchandising vp of The Home Depot.
For Kidde, a manufacturer of fire safety products that has partnered with Wink, the collaboration means customers gain simplicity and accessibility. "Kidde's Wireless Talking alarms link together so that when one sounds, they all sound, and thanks to Wink, they can also alert users who aren't home. Wink's focus on simplicity and accessibility makes it a great fit for homeowners,” said Jim Ward , president of Kidde Fire Safety.
Additionally, the Wink HUB supports 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. All Wink-enabled products are labeled with a seal that makes it clear whether the Wink HUB is required or not.
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