If you think Wink compares to C4 or another robust platform then its hard to have a conversation.
How is Wink going to control my auto water shut off? How is Wink controlling my 7 zones of audio? How is Wink controlling my IP TV distribution? NAS distribution of video files? How is Wink controlling my DSC Alarm? How is Wink controlling my outdoor cameras? Wink allow me to play custom doorbells? Wink notifies me who is at my front door on a video screen in my house? Wink allows me to have an intercom function around my house and also with who is at my front door when they ring the bell? When my housekeeper comes over, can she input her code on the door to unlock the door, turn off the alarm, turn on the lights and turn on her favorite Sonos source? What about when there is a water leak detected, can Wink turn off the water in my house? And these are just my personal uses. Other people have loads of their own devices and uses for C4/Savant that Wink could not touch like RFID uses, geofencing, voice control, utility monitoring, weather stations, etc.
If you want basic remote control over simple HVAC, lights and door locks under a platform Wink can work. If you want true home automation its not going to cut it.
I've suggested Wink to some people, its not bad, but its not nearly as robust as Control4, Savant, etc. Not sure why you would compare the two product offerings. Control4 or Savant (or others) can control 10,000+ devices with more coming online daily. Wink has about 30-40 items listed on their website.
It is like comparing cars in different categories, sure they are both cars, but the comparison ends there. Most people do not need a Porsche, but they are not going belly up. Should they change their price point and offer a $30,000 car?
there is a market for high end or middle tier customized dealer installed systems. And most of those people want a set it and forget it system and do not frequent DIY and techie forums such as AVS so they are an unheard of group, but they are out there. Look at C4 sales, they have increased quarter over quarter, and not by accident. There are people looking for these products and services.
Originally Posted by Viper777
You have a point on the integration factor in newer cars. That why I keep my 2004 Toyota Solara.
But my point was, if you wish to customize your car, by souping up your engine, or replacing your brakes, put different or larger wheels, tires, change the seats, tint the windows, etc, you can do it. You can make any major change you wish, even to replacing the engine, etc. It may not be easy, it may cost mucho dinero, but you generally you don't have to check with the manufacturer and get a code to put on most new parts, etc.
I personally believe that eventually the smaller, proprietary control companies like Control4 will go belly up, or get bought pennies on the dollar. It's inevitable. They are dinosaurs with an outdated model.
When even Staples sells a home connect hub, which lets you implement the automation a normal house needs, then that should be the writing on the wall. Add to that the the GE Wink connection, and the many other brands out there, including your own cable company doing automation. Most people have no need for an expensive automation system which costs thousands to implement.