If you have got any of the Lowe Smart Home Product Iris line tools, it's time to look for alternatives.
Lowes has announced that the line is roasted and will be switching to 'platform and related services' at the end of March. In other words: a large part of when smartly connected tools are going to become bricked.
At the top level, Lowe is committed to paying back customers for "relevant, connected Iris devices" – a warning that you must go through its redemption portal. "PLEASE DO NOT USE RELATED IRIS DEVICES BACK TO LOWE STORE," they repeatedly note. They don't want that either.
Refunds will be issued as a prepaid Visa card. They also note that some – but certainly not all – Iris compatible devices work with alternatives such as the Samsung SmartThings platform.
From November 2018, Lowes tried to find a buyer for a product line.
Perhaps it seems easier than ever to make a home cozy, but for many it is still just a maze. Type smart lightbulb in your favorite mega online retail site – half of the results are probably from mystery brands you haven't heard of. Are they safe? If someone finds some nasty operation that allows hackers to touch this flash to go around your widest network, will it be repaired? Do they even work in one year? Anyone who went to Lowes and realized that they could rely on a home brand to stick to it, the answer to that last seems to be no.
That's why people are worried about the stuffed Internet gadgets that can "put you even after you throw them in the trash": these things may not last forever.