When Staples first announced its plan to push a branded home automation hub, it was a bit of a head scratcher. But after the launch of the new D-Link hub with support for all of the major smart home protocols (Zigbee, Z-Wave, Bluetooth LE, and Lutron ClearConnect), it looked like they were in it for the long haul.
Tucked down in a CEPro article about ADT choosing Staples home automation software partner, Zonoff, for its home automation platform, is a reference to Zonoff’s two major projects for Somfy Tahoma and Staples Connect, “both of which seem to be winding down.” Of course, one could read “winding down” as not running full bore to launch new features and fix bugs. But with the last app update in September and the last major update to add features last December, users may be left wondering if they’re getting ANY new features from here on out.
After all, in a market moving as quickly as the smart home the last couple of years, that’s practically a lifetime. Consider this response from Twitter:
— Zonoff, Inc. (@ZonoffInc) December 1, 2015
At least according to Zonoff, the lull in activity is because Staples just isn’t pushing as hard.
Pair that news with the panic that’s setting in over in the Staples Connect forum with no response from Staples, and you wonder what they’re up to.
So, I’ll repeat this guy’s question, “Is the Staples Connect dead?”.
I hope not. In our review of the Staples Connect, it was simple yet reliable smart hub, and it continues to serve my home well even after considering a major competitor when reviewing the Wink hub and deciding it wasn’t for me.
But without continual improvements, it will quickly be left behind . . . put out to pasture, so to speak.
What do you think about the Staples Connect system? Does it deserve more?
Let us know what you think in the comments.