$79 Wink hub promises to fix smart home fragmentation

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Home automation is a mess of competing companies and standards, all vying for your attention. New York startup Quirky has what it believes is the answer in the form of its Wink hub. The $79 box, developed in cooperation with GE, will go on sale at Home Depot and Amazon on July 7th, promising to facilitate communication with a cavalcade of “smart home” products over a variety of different standards. The hub is compatible with Wi-Fi, Zigbee, Bluetooth, and Z-Wave, and devices connected to it can be controlled through the Wink app. The Wink system is based on a previous collaboration between GE and Quirky, but is now open to other companies.

The Wink Hub expands on a small ecosystem of Wink products already on shelves, and Quirky tells The…

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