Staples, the largest office products company, has announced a new connected home product called Staples Connect. Staples Connect enables home and office technology to interact with a single app. The app lets you turn off your lights, lower your shades, lock doors, etc. It can also control your heat remotely. Staples Connect includes a multi-platform app and universal “Hub” to allow multiple devices to talk to each other. The Staples Connect Hub is powered by Linksys and will be available in a limited number of Staples stores this November for $99.
“Staples Connect gives consumers looking for a home or office automation solution a broad selection of products to choose from, featuring the top names in safety, lighting, heating and cooling,” stated Staples executive vice president of merchandising Mike Edwards. “Staples Connect uses products from the biggest and best brands, as well as innovative newcomers, like DoorBot wireless doorbells and the ivee wi-fi voice-activated assistant. Our app makes it easy for customers to control their entire home or office from their smartphone, tablet or laptop, wherever they may be.”
Staples Connect will be easy to set up, but installation services will be available through Staples EasyTech Services. Customers can select a starter kit or choose specific products.
[Source: Staples PR/VentureBeat]