The Arrayent Blog

June 4, 2012

Want shelf space? Become a smartphone accessory.

The number one requirement for a connected device these days is that it work on a smartphone. No app? No deal. But also, no problem.
July 9, 2012

The connected customer, redux

Smart devices in the home linked via the Web to a mobile phone app make possible a new breed of “connected customer.” We’ve been telling this story for a while, and it gets truer all the time.
July 23, 2012

Here’s an easy way to help boost sales

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.  
August 13, 2012

App-Enabled devices make the New York Times!

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.
August 27, 2012

When Connectivity Becomes Compulsory

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?
September 12, 2012

When staying in-house is a short sighted idea

You’ve got better things to do than re-inventing the wheel for smartphone connected products.
October 1, 2012

The Constantly-Improving Connected Device

Once a home product is “smart,” nothing stops you from making it even smarter.
October 9, 2012

The ease of software updates

At Arrayent, we often discuss the ease of doing software updates on a connected device. The people at Nest, who make a well-reviewed thermostat, show how it’s done.
October 12, 2012

Hunter Fan’s Universal Internet Thermostat now available!

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.
October 31, 2012

Home Thermostat Management from the Cloud

“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.”