Founder Nathan Smith on What Comes Next for Wink, Smart Homes, & IoT | Xconomy

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Xconomy New York To say the least, the past year was colorful for Wink, the New York-based developer of a hub and app that control smart home devices. Wink is primarily known for its Wink Hub, which can control different devices, such as smart thermostats and Wi-Fi-enabled lights, regardless of who manufactured them. Current parent company Flex has a comparable outlook to Wink when it comes to working with multiple, competing brands, Smith says.

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‘Alexa, turn on kitchen lights’: Setting up Cree bulbs with Amazon Echo and Wink hub

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“Alexa, turn on the lights”. This is a phrase echoed, apparently, by more people than I thought. Amazon’s Echo is taking hold and seems especially popular with those interested in the home automation side of technology. Voice control can be both good and bad, though. It’s great when it works, but embarrassing and frustrating when it doesn’t.

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Wink home automation via your Android device: GoControl Smart Garage Door Controller

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Some time ago, we caught word via a neighborhood watch group that some crooks in our area were getting clever and stealing things like garage door openers and car registrations. So I did the obvious thing and started carrying my garage door opener with me, but it wasn’t as convenient as it initially sounded. When I got home, I always had to fish around for it in my bag. Or on the weekends when I wasn’t carrying my work bag around with me, I had to remember to get it from my bag and bring it with me. It wasn’t a huge issue, but it wasn’t ideal either. What if I could just open and close my garage with my phone? My phone is always with me and requires a security code to unlock. Controlling my garage with my phone sounds secure and convenient.

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SmartPlug just the ticket for automating Christmas lights

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I got ambitious and hung some Christmas lights on the house last weekend. We dont have an outlet on the outside of our house, so I used an adapter to turn one of the front porch light sockets into an electrical outlet. The lights on the porch are connected bulbs.

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Wink home automation via your Android device: Wink Hub and app review

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If I could, I would control every piece of my home from my phone. But I’m too poor to make that happen right now. What I was able to afford was putting a WinkHub/GE Link Light Bulb starter kit on my Christmas wish list last year and I was lucky enough that my wish came true. Christmas shopping is in full swing and if you’re anything like me (I assume you are if you’re reading this) you’ve been seriously considering home automation and connected devices. There are so many ways to automate and connect the home such as lighting, door locks, garage doors, security, appliances, HVAC, etc. My goal is to share with you some of the things that I have done with my home and how I control it with my Android phone. Hopefully you get some ideas on how you can make your home awesome and you friends can share your fantastic connected/automation ideas with me.

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Flex to Bring the Intelligence of Things ‘Home’ with Wink Acquisition

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SAN JOSE, Calif., Nov. 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Flex (NASDAQ:FLEX), the sketch-to-scale™ solutions company that designs and builds intelligent products for a connected world, has entered into an agreement to acquire Wink, the smart home platform that enables smart products to work together seamlessly, and connect and communicate globally.

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Quirky Files for Bankruptcy, Plans to Sell Off Wink

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Quirky the company that helped bring everyday inventors ideas and designs into reality announced on its blog today that it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. It is also accepting a $15 million bid for Wink, makers of the home automation hub, from Flextronics, which originally manufactured the device. It has been a difficult year for the company.

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NextMarket – Quirky Bankruptcy, Wink Sale and Implications For Smart Home Industry

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This has been coming for some time, but today we got definitive news about Quirky and Wink entering chapter 11 with this announcement. There’s lots to dissect here, including the larger implications for the smart home ecosystem, but first some specifics on the bankruptcy: It appears that there was significant mismanagement for some time, as the company ran up tens of millions of trade debt and also had a convertible note for $14 million with design consultancy Undercurrent as creditor. The company had acquired Undercurrent in April of this year.

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