Quirky And GE Devices Attempt To Create A Connected Home [Pics]

Quirky And GE Devices Attempt To Create A Connected Home [Pics]

Gadgets make home life easier by letting you check the fridge and turn on the AC from afar.

Sara Boboltz
  • 29 october 2013

Quirky, the crowd-sourced invention platform finally giving you an outlet for all your brilliant 4AM ideas, has partnered with GE to offer a line of wifi-enabled home devices. Co-branded as Wink: Instantly Connected, the line comprises five items — a clock, a piggy bank, a power strip, an egg holder, and a sensor — each with an accompanying app, so you can access them wherever you are.

The Pivot Power Genius is a well-designed power strip, wifi aside. Each plug swivels side-to-side so you (probably) don’t have to deal with that one bulky plug that takes up three sockets’ worth of space. (Why do they even make electrical plugs that way?) But two of its four sockets are also ‘smart,’ meaning that whatever you plug into them can be turned on or off from anywhere using the Wink app. So when your house faces imminent destruction by curling iron fire, you can use your phone to prevent it.


Kid-friendly Porkfolio is a piggy bank that teaches financial responsibility. As coins are fed into the back, the device keeps track of them, sending updated totals to the Wink app. Kids with smartphones can then make up for the fact that they’re kids with smartphones by setting savings goals and learning the value of a dollar.


Nimbus lets you keep track of any four things — the time, of course, but also weather, emails, likes, traffic, humidity, and more — on one display, which you can place wherever you’d like to see this information. Possibilities include your desk, bedside table, or kitchen counter. Spotter will also help you keep track of stuff. The multipurpose sensor can be set to measure movement, humidity, temperature, and light, alerting you to significant changes via push notification. Is your laundry done yet? You don’t even have to tear yourself away from GTA V to go check — placed on top of the machine, Spotter will detect change in motion and let you know when it’s stopped.


The final Wink gadget — for now, anyway — is the Egg Minder. Created for egg lovers, the smart tray keeps track of the number and age of eggs you have, allowing you to virtually peek inside the fridge when you’re grocery shopping. No more calling home asking someone to perform this arduous task for you.


The Wink line is available on Quirky’s site now, and by the end of this week, at Best Buy and Home Depot locations, as well. Every Quirky invention sprung from the imagination of a random stranger, who also receives royalties on their finished product along with those Quirky community members who contributed to its design. Pivot Power’s inventor, for example, high schooler Jake Zien, is set to earn $1 million in royalties this year.

But there is stiff competition — for the privilege of going into production, each of the Wink gadgets beat out over 2,000 other ideas.




Fitness Advocate: Paving The Future of Workouts With Audio

Fitness & Sport
Innovation Today

After The Initial Success Of AR Gaming, What Does The Future Hold?

With Pokemon GO earning up to $10m a day, R&D departments are busy searching for the next phase

Arts & Culture Today

The Next Great Art Movement Will Come At The Swipe Of A Finger

An improved app, optimized digital display and monthly art discovery service round out Electric Objects' renewed commitment to democratizing the art world


Get PSFK's Related Report: Future of Automotive

See All
Retail Today

A TV Streaming Service Is Designed Just For Kids

Toca TV is a new platform offering thousands of original and curated children's videos for a monthly subscription fee

Travel Today

Bus Stop Transformed Into A Fitness Station For Commuters

Sports drink company Lucozade live-streamed an athletic trainer working out at a stop in Manchester to encourage travelers to get moving

Related Expert

David Rosenberg

Digital Marketing

Technology Today

Shiseido And Microsoft Have Created A Makeup Filter For Women Who Telecommute

The Japanese cosmetic company built an augmented reality app that works alongside Skype for Business

Mobile Today

Samsung Is Using AR To Help Beachgoers Stay Safe

Pocket Patrol utilizes a phone's camera to promote beach safety and educate people about hidden hazards

Design & Architecture Today

500 Plastic Chairs Used To Create A Recyclable Pavilion

Design agency CODA built a grandoise art piece from simple lawn furniture


Future Of Automotive
Scenarios Driving The Digital Transformation Of An Industry

PSFK Op-Ed october 21, 2016

Health Expert: Nutritional Meal Replacements Are A Solution To Corporate Wellness

Ample Foods Founder Connor Young explains why supplements are the next food trend coming to the workplace

PSFK Labs Today

The Keys For Exceptional Performance On And Off The Field

PSFK Labs' new report highlights five important insights for businesses to perform better than the competition

Retail Today

Exchange Your Old Razors For New Ones At This Bartershop

The subscription-based shaving company lets customers trade their unwanted razors for Harry's brand steel at a temporary New York pop-up

Food Today

A Brewer Has Created The Most Expensive Chips To Snack On

St. Eriks Brewery created crisps made from rare mushrooms to go with its artisan beer, donating all proceeds to charity

Op-Ed Today

Marketing Experts: Millennials And The Power Of Cool

'Good Is The New Cool' Authors Afdhel Aziz and Bobby Jones share their 7 principles for branding with a social impact

Travel Today

Melbourne Hotel Lets Guests Stay In Their Own Chrome Airstream Trailers

Notel is a luxury rooftop with six guest rooms made from vintage 1970s mobile homes

Sustainability Today

Swedish Citizens Get A Tax Break For Repairing Old Goods

A sustainability initiative encourages people to fix, rather than replace, broken objects

Fitness & Sport Today

How Precision Data Can Make Anyone A Better Performer

The Sports Debrief from PSFK Labs looks at how analytic tools are being developed to optimize human performance across all industries

Home Today

You Can Now Buy Furniture From A Daytime TV Show

Home furnishing online retailer Wayfair is partnering with Lifetime to create a shoppable life improvement television program

No search results found.