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My Wink Smart Home Is Just Plain Braindead Now

I recently took my first vacation in two years. It was fun! But I was excited to get home, raise my shades and relax in the finicky but sort of useful smart home I’d spent the past few months building. When I walked in the door, all of the automation was gone. The light on my Wink hub was yellow. This was not fun.


Gift Guide: 6 Gifts To Turn A House Into A Smart Home

The number of connected home devices has skyrocketed in the past dozen months, and your loved ones might feel a little left out if they’re not controlling appliances with a phone. Let’s fix that, shall we?


These Ads Are So Quirky And Stupid They Made Me Laugh Hard

Video: Man, watching these sweaters dance made me laugh hard. I confess I’m a sucker for quirky humour and these ads — for this year’s Gap gift guide — are without a doubt the quirkiest I’ve seen in a long while.


Quirky And GE Launch 7 New Gadgets To Make Your Smart Home Smarter

Quirky, the company that helps turn crazy inventions into things you can actually buy, has announced seven new gizmos to help raise the IQ of your home. They include inexpensive devices that detect moisture levels or energy consumption, but also one product — a smart thermostat — aimed at giving smart home leaders like Nest some quality competition.


Serve An 8-Bit Breakfast With This Poke-A-Pixel Wafflemaker

Quirky’s approach of bringing user-submitted inventions to life pre-dates Kickstarter by quite a few years. And the company’s track record at successfully producing these often highly original creations means you can actually get excited about a wafflemaker that lets you create custom pixelated images every morning. What a time to be alive.


Wink's New Touchscreen Smart Home Panel Belongs In The Jetsons' Foyer

When it introduced its ultra affordable hub a few months ago, Wink signalled that it wanted to win the smart home wars. Now, with the release of a touchscreen display and control pad called Relay, it’s clear that the Quirky off-shoot is in a hurry too. It’s not like the home of the future is going to build itself!


My Quest To Find The Perfect Air Conditioner

I grew up in an old house without an air conditioner. During the summer, it would get so hot and humid that the doors would swell, and you couldn’t close them. So when it was finally time for me to buy my very own AC unit, it felt like a luxury. And I treated it as such.


Quirky Wants To Win The Smart Home Wars With This $50 Hub

Smart homes sound awesome. The idea sounded awesome 15 years ago, when Microsoft teased some of its ideas in a concept video, and it sounded awesome when Apple announced HomeKit last month. But do you know anybody that actually lives in a smart home and reaps all that awesomeness? Probably not. And Quirky wants to change that.


A Fold-Flat Watering Can Designed For Your Cramped Balcony Garden

If you live in an apartment in a big city, and you’ve managed to find a little room on your tiny balcony for a modest garden, you probably don’t have much space left for the tools needed to toil over your cramped crops. So inventor Marc R. came up with this rather clever soft-sided watering can called the Squish that’s thin and easy to store when it’s empty.


The First Five Smart Home Appliances From Quirky And GE's Future-Store

What happens when a Fortune 500-ranked, 120-year-old company like GE partners with a four-year-old startup like Quirky? Today, six months after announcing a partnership, the companies launched their first co-branded products.


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