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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


Science Fiction Prototyping

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Science Fiction Prototyping


Science Fiction Prototyping

 

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.

Science fiction prototyping helps organizations leverage the power of narrative 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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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 aerospace company Made in Space to launch the first commercial 3D printer to space. In early 2016, the printer will be installed at the International Space Station where it will print tools and other parts for astronauts. This is just the beginning of a broad partnership between Lowe's and Made in Space to bring tools to space and technology to Earth. More details available in the press release here.  

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Holo 2


Lowe's Holoroom

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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

    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.