Staples (NYSE:SPLS) is expanding its home and office automation platform, Staples Connect, a selection of connected devices to power home automation complete with wearable integration.
The office supply retailer began testing Staples Connect in fall 2013, and is expanding the program to 500 additional stores. All compatible devices are already currently available on Staples.com and through all of Staples' in-store kiosks.
"Staples Connect offers the best-in-class home and office automation solution, with the widest array of product and services from the most trusted brands," said Mike Edwards, executive VP, merchandising, Staples. "Our in-store expansion shows that Staples is committed to providing our customers the newest tech offerings and innovations, like Staples Connect, so they can make more happen in their business and at home."
Powered by software from smart home technology company Zonoff, Staples Connect supports apps on native iPad, iPhone, Android and Web browsers via HTML5. In addition, the Staples Connect App is now also available for Windows 8 and will soon be available on Samsung Smart TVs.
The program is unique in that it includes a selection of wearable devices, including smart watches and lifestyle trackers that will be able to control other integrated devices such as thermostats, shades, cameras and doorbells. For example, users will be able to turn on the lights or open the blinds by turning off sleep mode on their Jawbone UP.
In addition, the retailer launched new options for its Staples Connect Hub, with a reduced price of $49.99 for the critically acclaimed Linksys hub and a new hub, manufactured by D-Link, available in the fall.
Staples' suite of products and services is in line with other retailers' moves to add connected home and personal automation products. Sears recently launched Connected Solutions in Chicago-area stores and Apple unveiled HomeKit at its worldwide developer conference last month, the company's official entry into the home automation and Internet of Things market.
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