Jun 29 AT 7:14 AM Brooks Barnard 0 Comments

Wink Relay control panel adds new features such as Uber and Fitbit monitoring

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Wink is a integrated smart home system that allows you to use and automate all your smart home devices all with one app. If you haven’t heard of Wink, we’ve been reviewing the system, some of the devices that work with it, and how we use them in our homes, such as the smart garage door controller and ecobee3 Wi-Fi thermostat. Today Wink announced that their Wink Relay, a touchscreen control panel and light switch replacement that that’s powered by Android, added a few nifty new features.

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The Wink Relay now has widgets that can do things like as call an Uber. I just used Uber for the first time a few weeks ago and thought the experience was pretty great. If I used Uber on a regular basis, I think it would be fun to call for a ride and monitor its progress on the Wink Relay.

In addition to calling an Uber, you can now use the Wink Relay to monitor your Fitbit step goal progress as well as trigger lights or IFTTT recipes with smart buttons. And if you have multiple Wink Relays in your home, you can now use them as an intercom, which a nice new feature.

Home automation is a passion of mine. I think it’s fun, challenging, can protect your home and can even save you money if you do it right. If you’re on the lookout for smart devices to add to your home, the Wink system deserves a look, and the updated Wink Relay is a great place to start. The Wink Relay is available on Wink.com for $99 or Amazon from third-party sellers for more than $99.

Fitbit_on white-cropWhat are your thoughts on the Android-powered Wink Relay and its recent updates? Would you like to call an Uber from where your light switch used to be? Do you already have a Wink Relay? Let us know your thoughts by commenting below!

Source: Wink Blog

Brooks is an engineer living in the Bay Area recently dislocated from the Great Northwest. He's an Android enthusiast who decided to start doing something (productive?) with his countless hours Android modding and theming. He has a hot wife, is a father of three, an avid F1 fan, and enjoys watching sports when he can. His current devices include the Nexus 6 and 7 (2103) both running stock roms and may or may not be rooted. You can follow Brooks on Twitter @Brooks_Barnard.

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