Just in time for your holiday wish list, Lowe’s has debuted a brand new smart home system that’s specifically designed for the masses. The second-generation Lowe’s Iris is available now.
The hook on this latest smart home solution is that it was built using Microsoft Azure’s cloud technology. With that type of technology and few other tweaks, the new Lowe’s Iris system can deliver new features, a faster performance, and more personalization than ever before.
Lowe’s also says that the new Iris will work with more than 75 devices. That lineup includes Lowe’s-branded products and plenty of third-party options. New or redesigned products include the Contact Sensor ($22.99), Smart Plug ($34.99), Motion Sensor ($29.99), Help Pendant ($29.99), Smart Button ($24.99), Smart Fob ($24.99), and Smart Keypad ($39.99). There are also cameras, thermostats, smoke detectors, garage door controllers, and much more. A complete list of compatible devices can be found on IrisbyLowes.com.
Another new product is the new Smart Hub (pictured), which was manufactured by CentraLite. As the cornerstone of the Iris setup, this $59.99 product is more compact, but packs in a more powerful processor, additional memory, a local app engine, and battery backup. It’s compatible with Bluetooth, ZigBee, Z-Wave, WiFi, and AllJoyn enabled devices.
Lowe’s is offering a few of the new products packaged up into two separate starter kits. Just know that you will need to purchase the Smart Hub separately. The Security Pack ($99) comes with two Iris Contact sensors, a Motion Sensor, and a Smart Keypad. The Home Automation Pack ($129) has two Contact Sensors, a Motion Sensor, a Smart Plug, and a Smart Button.
Lowe’s also has a new Iris app for iOS and Android devices. Besides a totally new look, the app features customization perks, including the option to upload photos of your family, your home, and even your connected devices.
“This year’s Iris by Lowe’s Smart Home Survey revealed that more than half (57%) of Americans prefer DIY smart home solutions, and home improvement stores are the No. 1 place they are turning to for purchase,” said Mick Koster, vice president and general manager of Iris Home Systems. “As consumers increasingly become interested in home automation, Iris will continue evolving to meet the needs of each customer’s lifestyle. This next generation of Iris delivers on the promise of the smart home today—in a way that is immediately and easily accessible and affordable for consumers across America.”
Not familiar with the Iris? Check out our hands-on review of the original Lowe’s Iris smart home system.