Thanks to a new partnership with GE, Quirky has been able to unleash a round of new smart home devices onto the market, covering a wide range of smart home capabilities. These new devices all work on GE’s Wink platform, which also supports other brands like Philips, Leviton, Dropcam, Nest, Chamberlain and more.
Quirky’s seven gadgets are designed to outfit your home with the latest in smart tech – and each comes with its own little nickname. We have seen these devices offered by other companies, but to have them all made by a single manufacturer and offered under the umbrella of the Wink system is impressive.
7 Smart Home Devices on GE’s Wink Platform
Keep in mind that every one of these sensors will need a Wink hub device, either the $300 Relay control panel or the $50 Wink hub, to work with your Wi-Fi network.
Overflow: Overflow is a water sensor designed to help prevent water damage. It’s designed especially for basements and second homes, where you may not know about broken pipes or flooding until it’s too late. When Overflow detects water, it sends you an alert so you can make a quick investigation of your own. The sensor is $35.
Tripper: Tripper is, as you can probably guess, the alarm system in Quirky’s set. It is made to sense when anything is opened up. This means you can put it on doors, cabinets, windows…all sorts of things.
When armed, Tripper will let you know if what you are guarding has been opened. Each unit comes with two sensors, and cost $40 for the pair.
Outlink: Outlink hooks up to your outlets, but it offers a bit more than the average smart plug. Use the outlet, and you can access the app to turn the plugged-in device on or off remotely. However, you can also set up a schedule for the outlet to work on its own. The outlet will let you measure the electricity consumption of whatever device you have plugged in, so you can see just how much energy it uses. The $50 device is nice for lamps, TVs, etc.
Tapt: Tapt is similar to Outlink, but instead of a smart outlet it’s a light switch. You don’t have to worry about smart home devices like bulbs with this one, either: It offers smart control of whatever lights the switch is connected to, and offers interconnection with other smart home devices so that your lights can potentially act as warning signs for alarm devices. The $60 switch can also be programmed to combine with more friendly-multi device settings to create various moods.
Norm: Norm is an $80 smart thermostat along the lines of Nest, except it doesn’t have any adaptation capabilities. It does have a smart system that allows you to set the temperature schedule to whatever you want and control your HVAC system no matter where you are at. It also offers some usage tracking controls, so you can see when you are using the most energy and what you can do to start saving some bucks. There’s even touch controls for the traditionalists.
Ascend: Ascend sounds lofty, but it’s more of a practical device that works with your existing garage door system. When connected, it can give users immediate updates on the condition of their garage door and let them open or close it no matter where they are. It’s one of the more expensive devices at $100, but also one of the more difficult to find on the smart home market (MyQ’s app comes to mind, however).
Pivot: Pivot is one of the more unique smart devices offered by Quirky, a flexible power strip that is probably more useful than any of your current power strips. Not only can it shift to accommodate awkward spaces, it can also be controlled via app. Two of its outlets are normal, and two are smart outlets that you can turn on and off with your phone. This makes the device ideal for behind-the-entertainment center situations. However, at $60 it is also more expensive than most average power strips.
In conclusion, this is a big win for Wink and makes the platform a powerful contender when buying smart home devices. Also, that snakelike Pivot smart strip is pretty cool.
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