Google Home/Assistant adds support for more home automation products from TP-Link, LIFX, August and 10 others | 9to5Google

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Google Home and Google Assistant are ever maturing ecosystems, but they still lack in a major area — home automation. Since launch, Google has only made a couple of major additions to Assistant’s home control compatible products, but today the company is announcing new partnerships that open up the floodgates wide…

Source: Google Home/Assistant adds support for more home automation products from TP-Link, LIFX, August and 10 others | 9to5Google

Google Home welcomes 12 new partners in big smart home update – CNET

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The Google Home is at last starting to fulfill its potential in the smart home. With a dozen new companies announcing integrations with its platform, the search giant has dramatically increased what its smart speaker can do.

Source: Google Home welcomes 12 new partners in big smart home update – CNET

Wink Now Works With the Google Assistant on Google Home — Wink Blog

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In December, Google announced it was updating its Weave platform to make it easier for connected devices and platforms – Wink included – to work with services like the Google Assistant. Starting today, we’re excited to announce Wink-compatible lighting products (light bulbs, switches, dimm

Source: Wink Now Works With the Google Assistant on Google Home — Wink Blog

Mellow Partners with Flex to Deliver Smart, Connected Cooking Appliance

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Burlingame, CA (PRWEB) December 20, 2016 Mellow Inc., creator of Mellow – the smart cooking appliance that combines technology, convenience and high quality fresh meals for the busy home chef – announced today it has partnered with Flex, to bring Mellow’s first product to mass production, and to collaborate on the development and production of its future products.

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In the Wink of an eye: the history of home automation

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In 2016, you will still hear, and with some reason, complaints about home automation tech. To give you some idea of how far we really have come, though, pause to consider the Honeywell 316, the so-called kitchen computer of 1969. Weighing in at a lightweight 100 pounds, and costing an affordable $10, 000, the Honeywell 316 had the added advantage of requiring a mere two weeks training to program.

Fast forward to 2016, and not only do we see an evolution in gender politics and marketing campaigns, but Bluetooth technologies are helping to make the automated home a (much quicker and much cheaper) reality, finally putting its finicky reputation to bed. It’s an area of innovation you can expect to see richly represented at this year’s Bluetooth World (March 15 – 16, Levi’s Stadium), with Wink CTO Nathan Smith among the speakers.

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.

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Bankrupt Wink adds Canary as a partner

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In what is probably a good sign for thousands of people who own Wink home automation hubs, the smart company keeps adding new industry partners. Despite its parent company filing for bankruptcy in September, its own subsequent bankruptcy and proposed sale to contract manufacturing firm Flextronics, Wink is on a role. The company is adding several partners to its platform, which include several HomeKit enabled-ones last week and a Canary security device on Tuesday.

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Quirky Files For Bankruptcy

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Startup product incubator Quirky is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and looking to spin off its Wink smart home business separately, according to a report by The Verge. The company has been fighting off financial problems for much of the last year, with layoffs in July and a change of CEOs. Quirky is soliciting bids for Wink, with IoT manufacturer Flextronics in the early lead after offering at least $15 million for the smart home business.

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