By Chelsea Cafiero · July 28, 2017 • Smart-home platform Wink has a new owner: musician and tech entrepreneur will.i.am. Tech company i.am+ paid $38.7 million upfront plus a $20 million commitment towards future manufacturing.
By Julie Jacobson · December 30, 2015 • Home automation standards, low-voltage DC power distribution, IoT at retail and the demise of VIA International grabbed CE Pro page views in 2015. 5
By Julie Jacobson · September 22, 2015 • The once-promising home automation company Wink, launched by GE-backed Quirky, has filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy and is up for sale; Flextronics is the first bidder at $15 million for certain assets.
By Julie Jacobson · July 19, 2015 • CE Pro's Julie Jacobson: Wink and home automation hubs are complicated; the end of LiteTouch and the fate of hardwired lighting controls; Thread and AllSeen IoT lovefest; Control4 and Alarm.com stock.
By Julie Jacobson · July 16, 2015 • Quirky and its Wink IoT group are almost out of cash and may not make it, making us wonder what will happen to other DIY home automation initiatives like Staples Connect, Lowe’s Iris and SmartThings.
By Julie Jacobson · May 8, 2015 • CE Pro contributor and A/V integrator Joe Whitaker invents ElyctricSlyde, a power strip that guarantees you won't cover up precious outlets. Vote for it on Quirky to help it to the next step.
By Julie Jacobson · April 20, 2015 • The bad news: The Wink home automation hub from Quirky is being recalled because the company failed to update its security software. The good news: The security worked!
By Julie Jacobson · November 11, 2014 • GE/Quirky gets closer to the sensor-driven conscious home, with new ‘anti-thermostat’ that responds to local activity, along with a clever new build-your-own home-automation device program.
By Julie Jacobson · August 13, 2014 • UPDATE: No longer under review - Reviewers have not been kind to the new Wink home automation system from GE-backed Quirky. Amazon just put the product ‘under review’ but the status could reflect little more than a logistical bump.
By Julie Jacobson · July 1, 2014 • Wink’s 24/7 tech support, product packaging, device discovery, real-time diagnostics expected to drive home automation sales; works with Android Wear.
By Julie Jacobson · June 26, 2014 • Home Depot to sell new home automation Hub from Quirky’s spinoff business Wink; Hub supports Wi-Fi, Bluetooth Smart (BLE), Z-Wave Plus, ZigBee and Lutron’s Caseta wireless protocol.