After launching the Wink Hub at Home Depot earlier this summer, Quirky is hoping that its Wink Relay will be the central command center and hub to your smart home. With built-in wireless standards for WiFi, Zigbee, and Bluetooth, the Relay replaces a traditional light switch and brings a 4.3-inch touchscreen controller to allow you to connect all things that are Wink-compatible, including lights, smoke alarms, garage doors, locks, thermostats, blinds, and more.
Though the Wink Relay supports a number of protocols, notably absent are the Z Wave standard and the wireless standard that Lutron lights and blinds use, both of which are supported via the Wink Hub. This means that though the Relay can overlap with functionality of the Hub, it cannot effectively replace the Hub just yet, at least in this hardware incarnation.
Essentially, the Relay is like mounting a smartphone loaded with the Wink app, available presently on iOS and Android, onto your wall so you can control your smart home. There are two manual control switches to give you physical control of your lights in the room.
Along with the control features, there are sensors for proximity, sound, temperature, humidity, and motion. A built-in microphone and speaker can turn the Relay into an intercom if you have more than one mounted around the house.
The Relay is quite pricey with pre-orders starting at $300 via Amazon.
Have you bought into the Wink system? Is the Relay a gadget you're looking to get or will you save the $300 and control your connected house via the app on your phone?