AS homes are getting more compact, so technology is being shaped to match. US company Lowe’s has invented a DIY kit that can turn a small property into a “smart home”.
The kit, called Iris, will cost about £130 and is being promoted as ideal for people living in tiny flats.
Unveiled at the recent Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Iris lets users control heating, lights and security via a smartphone while out of the house.
The system, which can also be used to unlock doors, can be uninstalled and taken to another property — making it ideal for renters or anyone moving house.
A £90 “home automation” pack not yet available in the UK includes a motion sensor to detect intruders and a plug that can be remotely turned off. The control hub costs about £40.
Lowe’s built a show home at the Consumer Electronics Show — the world’s biggest technology showcase — to show off the kit.
Product manager Robbie Falls said: “People in cities such as London would really benefit from Iris because of how well it works in compact apartments.”