Now that Lowe's is using robots to guide its customers to the plumbing aisle, it may have lost its most important failsafe: Human beings who can stop other human beings from tearing each other apart when they're shopping for drill bits.
If you've ever done any home improvement, you know how hard it is to visualize what a finished room will look like. That's why Lowe's is going to start putting so-called Holorooms in its stores. These augmented reality chambers show your finished project before you've even started.
Securing your home against intruders used to be as simple as barring your doors and locking your windows. But home automation services—offering everything from remote monitoring to keyless door locks—have revolutionized how we fortify our houses. Are these new systems any better at protecting us?
The Iris home security and energy monitor system from Lowes now does more than just track your water and electricity usage. The company has just rolled out its newest service aimed at America's aging population, Iris Care.
Manual locks and dumb thermostats are old technology in our internet-connected world. With a Wi-Fi connection and an hour of free time, you can put home security and climate controls online—and give your home a brain.
Ok, so Rosie the Robot may still be a few iterations away, but the rest of your house, from your doorbell to your toaster, is about to get much, much, smarter.
So much news passes before our collective eyes every day that we couldn't possibly cover it all. Mostly because much of it isn't worth covering! But here are a some borderline tidbits we passed on, just in case.