With over 2,000 stores, and $79.38 billion in revenue from the last twelve months, Home Depot has the potential to be a giant force in home automation. It now has more than 600 “smart” devices in stock and is pushing the Wink home hub platform as its play in the smart home. According to Jeff Epstein, a merchandising vice president at Home Depot, the giant hopes that eventually all products it sells will be Wink compatible. I spoke with Epstein earlier this month after paying a visit to my local store to see how it was displaying Wink gear. I didn’t find Wink stuff, but I did see several Nest displays, the Revolv home hub and several other connected devices. I’ve actually purchased several Z-wave outlets at that store last year. As for the store’s strategy, it’s simple.

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