When I walked past the display of Halo+ at the Lowe’s exhibit at the Consumer Electronics Show in January (the product was developed by Halo Smart Labs), I thought for a second that the home improvement superstore had added cologne to its product portfolio. Packaged in an attractive, square-shaped, cologne-esque box, the beautiful presentation of the Halo+ promises something special inside. And there is. At its core, the Halo+ is a smoke detector, but with a really innovative twist.
In addition to sniffing out and alerting homeowners to smoke, it receives updates from your local weather station. Why? So it can warn you of impending severe conditions like tornadoes and hurricanes. You won’t be blasted with a loud alarm; rather the Halo+ flashes its built-in light and emits a verbal advisory. Another bonus: It’s compatible with the Lowe’s Iris smart home system, which means it could ostensibly connect with and report conditions from other Iris-compatible products like flood detectors, motion sensors, and other home monitoring devices.
The product has also captured the attention of the Red Cross. Together the Red Cross and Halo Smart Labs are exploring ways to make 1 billion people safer by 2025 through a program called Vision for the Humanitarian Use of Emerging Technology for Emerging Needs. As part of this initiative, Halo is currently working with the Red Cross to prevent fire deaths in Kenya. Under the plan, low-cost smart sensors are placed settlement homes to serve as both an alarm and as way to notify emergency responders.