Rated 3.2 out of 5 by 85
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Victor Disappointing
Well as good as the device sounds on paper, in practice it is not. I wonder it they did enough beta testing before launching this product. The setup is fairly simple if you are used to mobile apps and basic gadgets. The device is magnetic so you can stick it to the suitable surfaces without screws. It has four sensors: temperature, humidity, motion and light. However, all of them are vague at best. The temperature and humidity are nowhere close to the values on my room thermometer/humidity sensor. The motion sensor works sometime and sometimes it does not and so does the light sensor. I would have been happy if at least one of them worked perfectly as claimed by the manufacturer, but this thing is totally useless. I would not recommend this.
January 10, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by milanmark Returning it tomorrow
Wink prides itself on easy setup... spent 45 minutes on the phone with support trying one "trick" after another to get it to connect... finally did. I don't consider that easy. I bought it for the temperature function that was very inaccurate, read 6-7° under my other thermometers, wanted this for when I was on vacation to know the temp. The motion, light and sound detectors seemed real erratic as far as when a reading would be triggered. After the time spent connecting I thought might as well see how it works... POORLY! Absolutely going back! Great concept but just doesn't work. I really wish it did...
December 10, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Bucketlist2010 Great device works as promised
I bought two spotters because of the mixed reviews. I wanted to have both sensors checking against each other. The spotters work better than I expected and are in sync for the data. I want to be sure that my furnace doesn't stop during the winter while I'm in Florida.
Having the spotters providing temperature and humidity (for water leaks) gives me this assurance.
BTW. My insurance company is satisfied that these sensors will look after the requirement to have someone come into my home every few days.
A great produce and easy setup.
May 24, 2015
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by HappyCustomerHere Awesome when it works
I am really excited about the partnership between Quirky and GE and the Spotter is one such product to come out of this union. The Spotter is a swiss army knife environmental monitoring device. It connects to your WiFi network and setup is quick and easy using the Wink app for your smartphone. Once connected you have the ability to setup a multitude of monitoring triggers for Temperature, Light, Motion and Sound when connected to AC. Each trigger can be setup to send you a push notification or email. However, when running on the two AA batteries only Motion and Light can be monitored.
I though this would be a easy and affordable way to monitor my front door and receive a push notification whenever the Spotter detected it opening (motion sensor). Once configured and two fresh AA batteries installed it easily stuck to my front door with the double magnets in the back casing. Where it failed to deliver was actually sending me notifications of detecting motion. It was really hit or miss and not reliable. I am not sure why, but the battery mode doesn't provide accurate monitoring.
I then set this up to run as a temperature monitor near my electronics cabinet. If it detects the temperature over 75 degrees I have it setup to send me a notifications. Because it is running on AC now I don't worry about replacing the batteries.
Maybe in the next iteration of this product they will work out the performance issues. I am still a fan though!
January 26, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Auburn317 Cool Item
Really cool Item, easy to setup. Simply install the App and sync it to the device and you can setup different notifications. I installed on the back of a door to use to notify me if the door opens while out of town. Great item to give as a gift during Holiday season.
November 10, 2013
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Alex got it as a gift, wouldn't buy one myself, will see if I can return it
great idea, bad execution, imho useless e-waste.
- opening that thing is not straightforward, and one can break fingernails
- one needs to open that thing in order to reset it by removing batteries
- magnets that are in the cover might stick to one of the batteries and pull it out, while closing that thing, annoying
- only light and motion sensor work when on batteries
- it's a wifi device means those 2 AAA batteries not gonna last that long
- power supply doesn't use USB like charger (contributes to e-waste)
- sensor needs to be close to a power outlet, i'd say - 2-3 feet in order to be fully functional
- $50 is a bit of too much for what it offers.
don't buy it, still need to wait for better devices
October 27, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by rgbushphd Wink Spotters are useful
I use them to turn on the lights when my son returns home very late, or when my wife returns home and its dark.
May 26, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Make0rBreakDIY Quirky Spotter Gen 1
This spotter is not to be confused with the Spotter Uniq available from Quirky. This is the Gen 1 spotter. It will detect temperature, humidity, light [ more sensitive to certain wavelengths], motion [ accelerometer not PIR ], and sound [ decibel limit is close to 72 dB ]. It uses electricimp to flash the wifi information for the spotter to connect. You should be in a dimly lit area when setting up the spotter. iPhones have no problems using the electicimp to connect, some Android devices you might have to try different distances from the spotter. The spotter has two holes on the outer ring of the device. One hole for the AC power supply [ with a metal post visible in the middle ] the other is a sensing hole for the humidity sensor. The spotter comes with 2 AA batteries that it can operate for a short amount of time [ few hours ] to a long time [ few weeks ] depending on the amount of information pulls you receive from the device. The was designed to be placed anywhere, mounted to a metal door [ using the magnets in the back of the spotter ] , screwed in the wall [ screws included ], or with double sided adhesive [ included ]. Also it was design to run on batteries if you are only looking to get notifications for light, sound, or acceleration. When one of these triggers the spotter it will report all sensors. If the spotter is selected in the app, it is asking the spotter to read and update the sensors. When the spotter is not selected in the app, or the app is off, the spotter will only report the status of the sensors if there is a trigger. This was to save battery life if you have the spotter remotely located and there was no AC power source available. If you want to use the spotter for temperature and humidity sensor reading, it recommend to keep the AC power supply plugged in at all times. Also there are two red dots inside on of the lid and near the batteries that you line up to put the back on the spotter. The back will come off by turning it counterclockwise. Also it is recommended to setup the spotter, connect it to your network for a few hours, then reset the spotter [ go to the add device scene, select gen 1 spotter, then select the ? icon, this will have and option to reset the spotter ] , remove it and re add the device, and connect back to your network. This will insure that it gets updated to the most current firmware.
February 9, 2015