Lowe’s Iris Smart Home Platform Fails to Find Buyer, Shut Down Planned

By Steve Karantzoulidis · February 6, 2019 • On March 31, Lowe's will shut down its Iris smart home platform after failing to find a buyer. Customers will be reimbursed for certain devices.

Lowe’s Ditches Iris, Looks to Exit Smart Home Business

By Jason Knott · November 26, 2018 • Lowe’s to exit ‘under-performing, non-core’ home automation business by finding a buyer for its Iris Smart Home business.

Lowe’s: DIY Will Fade and Consumers Will Hire Pros for Smart-Home & Other Projects

By Julie Jacobson · October 26, 2017 • Qualified professionals for smart-home and other housing projects are easy to find. Consumers will shed their DIY inclinations and hire contractors instead.

Lowe’s, Google Tango Bring Augmented Reality to Home Improvement

By Chelsea Cafiero · November 16, 2016 • Lowe's Vision app uses Google Tango technology to help customers visualize new products in their home. It's augmented reality for the home improvement market.

Home Automation Hubs are Sold All Wrong

By Julie Jacobson · January 16, 2016 • Today: Buy this hub, build a smart home. Try: You know all those smart devices you already bought? Buy this hub to connect them together.

Next-Gen Lowe’s Iris Now in Stores; Free Home Automation Hub with Trade-In

By Julie Jacobson · November 3, 2015 • Built by Centralite, next-gen Lowe’s Iris home automation hub is free for existing Iris owners. SHaaS (smart home as a service) provided by Lowe's itself, not Zonoff or other platform developer.

CentraLite Making Home Automation Hub for Lowe’s Iris, But Who is Providing IoT Platform?

By Julie Jacobson · July 21, 2015 • FCC document shows ZigBee, Z-Wave and BLE home automation hub alongside Lowe’s Iris literature. But who would provide the SHaaS (smart home as a service) platform -- Zonoff, Icontrol, MiOS?

Wink Has Sold 300k Home Automation Hubs, But Biz is Dying; Whither the DIY Dream?

By Julie Jacobson · July 16, 2015 • Quirky and its Wink IoT group are almost out of cash and may not make it, making us wonder what will happen to other DIY home automation initiatives like Staples Connect, Lowe’s Iris and SmartThings.

Mick Koster Replaces Kevin Meagher as GM of Lowe’s Iris Home Automation

By Julie Jacobson · May 21, 2015 • Kevin Meagher has left Lowe’s and Mick Koster joins as VP and GM of Iris smart home division.

Lowe’s Innovation Labs Shows Future of Retail: Robots and Holograms

By Julie Jacobson · January 28, 2015 • As demo’d at CES 2015, robots and holograms will help customers find exactly what they need, but Lowe's missed golden opportunity to incorporate holograms into massive smart home at the show.

2014 Custom Electronics Stock Winners & Losers

By Jason Knott · January 2, 2015 • Evaluation of 39 publicly owned companies dealing in custom electronics A/V, home automation and security space reveals an overall 5.3% growth in 2014 stock prices. Biggest winner is Planar with remarkable 228% stock appreciation.

Top 20 CE Pro Web Stories of 2014: DIY Home Automation, Lutron, Burkhardt ...

By Julie Jacobson · January 1, 2015 • Lowe’s Iris, Staples Connect and home automation standards top the list but who garnered the most page views on the custom side?

Who Will ‘Dominate’ the Connected Home?

By Jason Knott · November 3, 2014 • It won’t be Google, Apple, GE, Samsung, Staples, Lowe’s, Microsoft or Home Depot… it will be custom integrators, says Lutron exec, noting that dealers need to tweak their business model to target the mass market customers.

Southwire Targets Custom Channel with 40+ VDV Tools, Testers

By Jason Knott · September 4, 2014 • Southwire, owners of Coleman Cable and Romex, will launch over 40 lines of Voice/Data/Video (VDV) tools and testers targeting the custom installation market at the upcoming CEDIA Expo 2014.

Lowe’s Consumer Study: Security is Primary Factor for Purchasing ‘Smart Home’

By Jason Knott · August 27, 2014 • A new national study conducted for Lowe's reveals that security/safety is the primary driver behind consumers' desires to purchase home automation equipment. Fear of high cost remains the main inhibitor.

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