Fans of the Lowe’s Iris smart home platform can now automate their pet doors, garage doors, hoses and window blinds. The hose timer is actually pretty interesting, especially for folks that might not have an irrigation system or just want to water some plants while they are on vacation. The automated blinds will likely also prove popular. Lowe’s has been offering the Iris platform since 2012, and was one of the first DIY providers in this market, but this summer Home Depot has gotten aggressive offering the Wink platform and a variety of other connected devices.
Security is the entry point for the mainstream consumer looking to connect their home, according to sales of Staples Connect devices. That’s why the program is adding more IP cameras.
Another day, another crowdfunding campaign for a smart home hub. This one uses Android and has a cellular radio that makes it a more reliable home security choice.
As the smart home heats up, players at the high end are going downmarket with products that help consumers automate their homes without having to play with complicated software.
Connecting your home may seem daunting, but is there enough value in connecting a lamp or a coffee maker to make smart outlets an entry point to the internet of things for mainstream consumers?
The Staples Connect platform promises some support for cool devices and more radio protocols. Meanwhile Lowe’s’ Iris platform adds some energy conservation products and voice control.