I am pleased to share with you exciting news. Arrayent’s customer Hunter Fan, has launched its Universal Internet Thermostat at Lowe’s. This thermostat retails for $99, features a very fast install because it is battery powered, and uses Arrayent’s “just works” Internet connect platform. It is available in 1200 of Lowe’s 1800 stores. In the next few weeks, it will also be at other large retailers, including Walmart and Costco.
Now, some companies can’t sell a product unless it’s “smart.” Something that might start off its commercial life as an expensive luxury option, or even a gimmick, often over the years becomes indispensible. Who, after all, would these days buy a car without air conditioning, or a TV without a remote control?
We’ve talked a lot in this space about Arrayent’s vision for connected devices in the smart home, especially the emerging role of the mobile phone as the controlling “hub” for everything in the house. So we were happy to see that exact same message echoed in an incisive piece in the New York Times about where consumer technology is heading.
So easy, it’s just four words: “Free smart phone demo.” Most of the “smart” connected devices being made these days for the home are controlled via a mobile phone app. In almost every case, the mobile app is available for downloading for free, since device companies aren’t in the business of selling software. For many users, the mobile app interface is one of the most crucial aspects of the product in question, since it’s what they will interact with every day.
Hardware interoperability was once a bet-the-farm decision for device makers; if they got it wrong, they risked losing everything. But with the modern Web, interoperability has become a non-issue, and it’s now almost impossible to make the wrong choice.