To be fair, as the fact that you just had to look up Revolv to make sure that we didn't invent a ridiculous name proves, this only affected a tiny group of consumers. And the features of the house themselves didn't vanish -- they could still be controlled manually or hooked up to a new hub with a different uniquely stupid name. But it does serve as more evidence that you can spend $200 on a device that's supposed to make your home safer and more convenient, then wake up six months later to discover that the manufacturers of your fancy hub went out of business and left you with a useless doodad you'll have to start passing off as a piece of abstract art.
Revolv via The Verge
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And Revolv wasn't an isolated case, either. There are plenty of terribly named start-ups that can vanish like the corporate equivalent of your dad going out for smokes. Wink used to be owned by Quirky, but in less than a year, Quirky collapsed and Wink only found a new home with Flex at the last minute (Jesus Christ, these names). For a while, Wink's users were left worrying that their expensive integrated smart home devices would end up useless (well, more useless, anyway).
Alternatively, your smart home device will keep running but be so broken that it's functionally useless, like that elderly relative who still insists on driving everywhere despite having long ago succumbed to dementia. Samsung's SmartThings, a victim of its naming hubris, is prone to glitching out, firing off false intruder alarms, and messing with lights in the middle of the night. It's also vulnerable to hacking, allowing someone to disable your smart motion sensors, unlock your smart locks, and then stroll in and steal all of your possessions, except the unreliable piece of shit that can't even keep a dude with a laptop out.
Though if you've ever wanted to Ocean's 11 a place, this might be your shot.
So while there's definitely an appeal in having your lights automatically turn on whenever you come home like you're the suburban goddess of dawn, you might want to wait until the companies that make them are more established than your local lemonade stand.
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