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Future of Retail


The Future of Retail

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Future of Retail


The Future of Retail

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Science Fiction Prototyping


Narrative-Driven Innovation

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Science Fiction Prototyping


Narrative-Driven Innovation

 

The pace of change is exponential, creating an imperative for organizations to build core competencies in envisioning the future and developing technology for long-term competitive advantage.

Narrative-driven innovation helps organizations leverage the power of story to understand how technology may play a role in the future lives of customers and employees.

Lowe’s Innovation Labs is using this process to think broadly about potential applications for disruptive technologies, build an innovation roadmap and rapidly prototype new technology.

 
 
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Tango


Tango

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Tango


Tango

Tango is a powerful new technology developed by Google that combines area learning, depth sensing and motion tracking to give devices the ability to see their environment in 3D. Lenovo is bringing this technology to consumers with the Phab 2 Pro, the world's first Tango-enabled smartphone.

For the past two years, Lowe's has been developing visualization capabilities using augmented and virtual reality tools, and Tango makes this technology accessible for everyday customers, right in their hand. This is a big step forward into our vision for how customers will use these technologies to design, build and enjoy their homes.

We are proud to be a launch partner with Google and Lenovo, as we prepare to release the Lowe's Vision app to help customers measure and style their space. We will also carry the Phab 2 Pro at Lowe's stores nationwide, beginning this holiday season. 

 

 

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Made in Space


Lowe's and Made In Space

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Made in Space


Lowe's and Made In Space

Lowe's Innovation Labs has partnered with Made in Space to launch the first commercial 3D printer to space. In 2016, the printer AMF was installed on the International Space Station, where it is being used to make tools and parts for astronauts. This is just the beginning of a partnership to bring tools to space and technology to Earth. 

Together with Made in Space, Lowe's is advancing mankind's ability to manufacture things off of the planet Earth, continuing a storied human history of pioneering and exploring our universe. We also know that by committing to research in space, there are myriad benefits we realize on Earth - and soon at Lowe's.

In June 2016, the first tool to be commercially manufactured in space was created on the AMF, a Kobalt wrench. 

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Plastic Recycler


Champions of Change

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Plastic Recycler


Champions of Change

Lowe's and Made in Space were honored to be recognized by the White House alongside many organizations around the country as a Champion of Change for Making during the 2016 National Week of Making. We announced our commitment to expand our partnership with Made in Space to develop a tool that can up-cycle plastic waste into 3D printer filament. By using this filament to 3D print new tools and other products, then recycle and printed new parts again, we can close the loop of plastic manufacturing. Coming soon to Lowe's!

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Holo 2


Lowe's Holoroom

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Holo 2


Lowe's Holoroom

The Lowe's Holoroom is a virtual reality home improvement design and visualization tool that empowers homeowners with an immersive, intuitive experience in the room of their dreams. Visualizing a home improvement project is hard - the Holoroom is here to help.

The Lowe's Holoroom was introduced in 2014 as the first concept from Lowe's Innovation Labs, and was available for six months in two Toronto stores. The next iteration of the Holoroom will be available in 19 stores across the U.S. beginning in November 2015. LIL will continue to refine and evolve the experiences as technology continues to evolve and we gather real-time feedback from customers and employees. 

To create your personal Holoroom profile and to find participating stores, please visit Lowes.com/Holoroom

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LIL-Bengaluru


LIL-Bengaluru

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LIL-Bengaluru


LIL-Bengaluru

Lowe's Innovation Labs is expanding its network into Bangalore by launching a startup accelerator focused on technologies including augmented and virtual reality, 3D scanning and printing, and robotics.

Startups at LIL-Bangalore will participate in an intensive 16-week accelerator program and have the opportunity to partner with the Lowe’s Innovation Labs to deploy their technology in the U.S. Interested startups are encouraged to apply online.  

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3D Printing and Scanning


3D Scanning & Printing

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3D Printing and Scanning


3D Scanning & Printing

Lowe's Innovation Labs has partnered with Authentise to bring in-store and online 3D printing and scanning services to Orchard Supply Hardware and www.osh.com. This program brings customers simple, fun experiences designing and producing items for personal expression throughout their home.

 

Customers at OSH in Mountain View, California can customize the color, shape and material of light switch plates, address plates, door handles and cabinet knobs. For the first time in a retail setting, customers can also scan certain items, such as out-of-production antique home accents, to create 3D models for printing. Additional partners on this project include CGTrader and Sculpteo.

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    OSHbot


    OSHbot

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    OSHbot


    OSHbot

    A customer's experience in retail stores remained relatively unchanged for decades, but their expectations changed significantly. Lowe's Innovation Labs partnered with Fellow Robots to  introduce Autonomous Retail Service Robot technology to amplify the shopping experience for customers and employees. 

     
     

    In 2014, OSHbot retail service robots were installed in the midtown San Jose Orchard Supply Hardware store. OSHbot will greet you when you come in, and you can talk back - in English or Spanish. Just tell OSHbot what you are looking for and it will guide you to that item in the store.  

     

    Natural Language Processing

    Autonomous Store Navigation

    Real-Time Product Information

    3D Scanning

    Remote Connectivity

    Inventory Management

    Collision Avoidance

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    Clean Water Challenge


    Clean Water Challenge

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    Clean Water Challenge


    Clean Water Challenge

    Lowe’s Innovation Labs is partnering with Singularity University Labs to launch the Clean Water Challenge. The open innovation program invites citizen scientists and the DIY community to design and build an affordable water purification device to provide safe drinking water in communities where resources are limited.

    Using materials found at Lowe's, participants must create a reliable clean water solution that uses solar energy to heat water to a minimum of 65 degrees Celsius. The challenge culminates at Demo Day on Oct 18 at the Lowe's of Sunnyvale, California, where prototypes will be judged. Two category winners will receive a $6,000 grand prize.