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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
By Rachel Cericola · July 25, 2014 • New energy-saving and security solutions include Z-Wave Garage Door Opener Remote Command Controller, PetSafe Electronic SmartDoor, Iris Motorized Window Blinds Controller, and Orbit Hose Faucet Water.
By Julie Jacobson · June 30, 2014 • The original $99 Staples Connect home automation hub by Linksys drops to $49, with a new $79 option from D-Link coming with ZigBee and Bluetooth; Win 8 and Samsung TV apps added to platform.