There’s seems to be an hub update today where you’ll notice the following message displayed on the Iris web portal, but as of 6:50am the hub update isn’t available for me so I’ll like to ask everyone for their feedback on the forum once you tried the update. Thanks!
I’m assuming most of you already know there was a hub update in the morning of 9/2 and normally I would try to be one of the first to upgrade and post what’s new, but it seems the upgrade wasn’t available to me in the early morning and I finally just getting a chance to post this now after getting everyone to bed.
So what’s new with this version?
Well besides the general statement about performance enhancement and bug fixes. You should notice on the device page that there’s an extra “AO Smith Water Heater” listed as coming soon.
AO Smith Water Heater is the Wi-Fi device which will allow you to connect Iris to a line of energy smart electric water heater that are available since 2011. From playing with the setting under test drive mode on the iPhone, it seems you can set the water heater to the following three settings. Schedule, hold and the option for “Energy Smart” mode.
I would really like to tell you when this water heater module is available for sale but I don’t have that information. However I can mention to you that the glass break sensor and water shut-off valve which were introduced from the last hub update will be for sale around October.
That’s it for now. If you notice something different about this hub update please feel free to comment on this post to let everyone else know. Thanks!
Check out the The Smart Home Show talk with Kevin Meagher about a wide range of topics from how customers perceive the smart home now to their roll out of Iris.
What’s most interesting to note is that there will be a new hub early next year to include Bluetooth LE!
Here’s the description under what’s new for Version 1.9.10:
*Garage Door Controller can provide peace of mind by knowing that your garage door is closed and secure. Now you can open and close your garage door with ease, even if you are not home!
*Yale® Real Living™ locks are now in the “Works with Iris” family.
*Bug fixes and performance enhancements.
*This release also adds functionality to Iris in preparation for future product launches.
The most interesting part of this update was in Test Drive mode, where you can see how the new water heater feature works, and there’s also new battery status indicator.
On the Android front they seems to have a more interesting time where it was update twice for this month. Once on July 22 for version 1.9.10 and again on July 24 when users were reporting issues with controlling the thermostat.
I have to say that was a pretty fast turnaround time for a fix. Hopefully we’ll see more of these quick responses in the future.
Today a new update for the Iris hub has been released for version 4.02r04.
From the devices page you may see a few new items or removed label for “Coming soon”.
Check out the forum and you’ll notice our user redmosquito and others had spotted and purchased the Iris garage door controllers. The item number for the garage door controller is #589237 and the correct price is actually $99.99 and not odd price $96.36 listed on the picture.
It also seems that this item number is not searchable at lowes.com so you can’t purchase it online now, but if you call your local store and ask for the item number you just might be lucky enough to find that it’s in stock already.
For further development on the garage door controller, check out the forum by clicking on the link below and hopefully we get to find out more about the installation experience and any magic rules that are associated to the device.
So I took a trip to my friendly neighborhood Lowes store last night to pick up some home improvement type things and as always took a quick peek at the Iris display to see if anything was new or different, plus I wanted to see the pet door in person. Much to my surprise I spotted the garage door controller that I have been scouring the Lowes.com website for daily. I snatched it up quickly as there was someone else looking at the display as well and this was the last one – this was one of my original wish list items so you can imagine my joy – the purchase price was $96.36 without tax. I did not have a chance to install the device yet but did unbox it when I got home and I can confirm it comes with its own tilt sensor so the other one floating around will not be needed.
More details to come after the install.