Highlighting the rapid rise of Internet of Things and its adoption into everyday lives, John Lewis has taken the wraps off a dedicated smart home section at its flagship London Oxford Street store.
The 1,000 square foot space boasts futuristic gadgets for every part of the home and has been installed in response to an 81 per cent increase in sales of smart home products in the past year at the retailer.
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From an oven that enables you to put dinner on before you leave the office, to a bedside device that monitors the quality of your sleep and a smart fridge which does your internet shopping for you, a wide range of the latest cutting edge technology will be on display in an interactive, real-life home setting. Four interactive zones: ‘Kitchen’, ‘Entertainment’, ‘Sleep’ and ‘Home monitoring’ will demonstrate how customers can save time, effort and enhance their busy lifestyles by controlling their home through the touch of an app on their smart device.
The smart home experience will be rolled out to other shops across the UK starting with the new John Lewis Leeds store, scheduled to open in Autumn 2016.
John Vary, Innovation Manager, John Lewis, commented: “Smart home technology is designed to make life more convenient, and the introduction of this new curated experience – the first on the high street – marks a brilliant step in innovation for John Lewis. Showcasing the latest smart products, this experience demonstrates in a real-life setting, how technology has exciting and far-reaching implications for today’s lifestyles.”