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.
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.
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?
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.
“Readers of my Dr. Dobb’s posts may recall my coverage of “Internet of Things” company Arrayent and its Internet-Connect development platform. Its technology was recently embedded in an Internet-enabled thermostat from Hunter Fan, creators of the original ceiling fan. This update takes a look at how successfully Hunter Fan embedded Arrayent’s technology, and how Hunter’s Universal Internet Thermostat performs.” http://www.drdobbs.com/cloud/home-thermostat-management-from-the-clou/240012615