It's probably too early to commit to a master smart-home platform, but for basic home automation across multiple devices, Staples Connect works well -- and at $99, it's priced just right.
A pilot program for the office supplier's smart-home hub was successful enough to merit a broader US roll-out, along with new hardware and more partnerships.
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The retailer is also trying to sweeten the deal with a couple of trade-in offers.
The retailer is doling out $100-off coupons for its current round of iPads, apparently in advance of the launch of next-generation models.
The retailer says it expects to close the stores by the end of 2015 and save approximately $500 million in the process.
We see potential in this system, and at $99, the price is right.
This smart home solution can integrate multiple devices into a single, easy-to-use ecosystem.
Zonoff and Staples Connect will expand with new partners in 2014.
Staples Connect will launch supporting perhaps the largest curated ecosystem of smart home devices.
Apple's tablet lineup was previously available just through Staples' online store.