Let there be light(bulbs)
LED lightbulbs have been cropping up rather a lot over the past year, possibly most notoriously in a deal linking Apple and Philips
, but startups are taking a crack at the market too.
The LIFX bulb
is one of these and purports itself to be “the light bulb reinvented.”
What LIFX actually is is a WiFi enabled, multi-color, energy efficient LED light bulb that you control with your iPhone or Android.
With a goal of raising $100,000, Lifx’s Phil Bosua promised backers “unprecedented control” of their lights, reduced energy costs, and bulbs lasting up to 25 years, with “an amazing range of experiences.”
People apparently bought into Bosua’s sales pitch (saw the light?) and pledged a collective $1,314,542.
The tech behind the bulb is remarkable not only for its beautiful design, but its simplicity and stunning user interface. LIFX uses a master/slave concept to connect to a user’s home router via 802.11n and then onto all the other LIFX smartbulbs via 802.15.4 mesh network. Each LIFX can connect to all country electricity systems from 110V to 260V, making them universally compatible.
The standby power usage of each bulb is very small, in fact a AA battery would keep a LIFX smartbulb in standby mode for approximately 1-2 years.
The firm said it would also be releasing a LIFX Software Development Kit (SDK) that would allow mobile App developers and home automation hackers full control over their LIFX smartbulbs.
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