Wink’s First Big Home Automation Play: Ho-Hum Wink ‘Lookout’ Security System

By Julie Jacobson · October 27, 2017 • The famous rapper acquired home-automation maker Wink earlier this year, and his first new DIY product is ... the unremarkable Lookout home-security app and some Z-Wave sensors. and Wink’s First Z-Wave Devices: A Shift in Smart-Home Strategy?

By Julie Jacobson · August 6, 2017 • FCC filings reveal Wink Labs, the home-automation developer recently acquired by (, is making its own Z-Wave security peripherals for the first time -- after years of handing that business to third-party IoT device makers. (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)

Wink Acquired by Black Eyed Peas Rapper ... Yes, Really

By Chelsea Cafiero · July 28, 2017 • Smart-home platform Wink has a new owner: musician and tech entrepreneur Tech company paid $38.7 million upfront plus a $20 million commitment towards future manufacturing.

Home Automation and Cryptography Expert on DDoS Attack: Don’t Blame IoT

By Julie Jacobson · October 24, 2016 • Blaming last week’s Internet outage on the rise of connected devices is just a convenient meme, says encryption expert Will Price, founder of the home automation provider Simple Control (Roomie Remote). (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)

The Marketing Challenges of Remote Controls and Home Automation

By Julie Jacobson · June 29, 2016 • Lessons from Logitech Harmony, Savant Remote and others: Are they universal remote controls or home automation hubs?

Who Will be the Next Icontrol?

By Julie Jacobson · June 17, 2016 • If Icontrol is acquired by Comcast and, we'll see a gaping hole in SHaaS (smart home as a service) providers for integrated home automation and professionally monitored security. Here are some likely contenders as the 'next Icontrol'. (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)

Home Automation Hubs are Sold All Wrong

By Julie Jacobson · January 16, 2016 • Today: Buy this hub, build a smart home. Try: You know all those smart devices you already bought? Buy this hub to connect them together.

ADT Canopy API Brings Pro Security Monitoring to Mass Mar­ket Devices Like Ring, Wink, LG

By Julie Jacobson · January 7, 2016 • At CES 2016, ADT unveils two open APIs: One for ADT Pulse security and home automation, another called Canopy for third-party devices that benefit from professional security monitoring. (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)

30 Most Popular Web Stories of 2015: Home Automation Wins Again

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

Quirky, Wink File Chapter 11; Flextronics Makes $15M Opening Bid for Home Automation Biz

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.

CE Pro Opines on IoT: Wink, Quirky, Savant, LiteTouch, Thread, AllSeen, Control4,

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 stock.

Wink Has Sold 300k Home Automation Hubs, But Biz is Dying; Whither the DIY Dream?

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.

Control4 (CTRL) Rallies on News, Short Interest, DIY Woes?

By Julie Jacobson · June 17, 2015 • Leading home automation provider Control4 (Nasdaq: CTRL) sees stock jump 8.5% in two days, perhaps due to IPO news, investors covering short sales, and possible trouble in DIY land.

Quirky ‘Terribly Embarrassed’ Over Wink Home Automation Hub Recall (Updated)

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!

Amazon Dash + Poppy IoT Coffee Maker + Wink Home Automation = Wow

By Julie Jacobson · April 7, 2015 • Poppy’s smart coffee maker, baby formula machine and pet feeder integrate with Amazon Dash for replenishment, and Wink home automation for remote control and monitoring.

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