The race is on to anchor the smart home. Office supply retailer Staples became an early entrant this morning with its announcement of Staples Connect. Comprising an app and a $99 wireless Connect Hub, Staples Connect is designed to give consumers a single point of control for their various connected household devices.
The force driving Connect is the growing number of formerly mundane products that now boast wireless connectivity. Products like the Philips Hue connected LED lightbulbs, Honeywell's Z-Wave Thermostat (as opposed to the more recent Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat), and Bot Home Automation's wireless camera-equipped doorbell, DoorBot, … Read more