Staples announced the availability of ambient alerts for its home and office platform, Staples Connect. The alerts provide audio and visual notifications outside of the Staples Connect app and through compatible devices in the home or office.
Later this year, Staples plans to offer new lighting products from LG that work with the Staples Connect app including a wireless connected LED light bulb. By integrating with Staples Connect, LG will join over 35 existing hardware partners and close to 150 devices for the home and office.
“We’re constantly improving the Staples Connect user experience, adding partners and functions that let customers make more happen with their connected homes and businesses,” said Mike Edwards, executive vice president, merchandising for Staples. “The new ambient alert updates will help make the Staples Connect system more intuitive, without being intrusive, giving users more choices on how they are notified of events at their house or office.
Staples Connect ambient alerts let users’ home or business talk to them on a range of occasions, such as when a window or door has been opened, letting parents know when their kids arrive home. The alerts supplement standard push notifications received on a phone, tablet, or computer. Other examples include a home entertainment system playing a noise alert when the garage door opens or a connected lighting system glowing red to warn of water leaks in the basement.