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Consumer Technology WiFi Enabled LED Light Bulb

Published on September 24th, 2012 | by Joshua S Hill

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WiFi LED Light Bulb Soars on Kickstarter

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September 24th, 2012 by
 
 
“Oh Kickstarter, is there anything you can’t do?”

Apparently not, given the supremely exciting level of participation in the Kickstarter effort for the LIFX, a WiFi-enabled, multi-colored, energy-efficient LED light bulb that you can control with your iPhone or Android phone.

WiFi Enabled LED Light Bulb

As of writing this, there were 51 days to go on the project, and already 8,732 backers totalling a whopping $1,309,901.

The creators of the project were only hoping for $100,000.

Self-proclaimed as “the smartest light bulb you’ve ever experienced,” the LIFX is set to deliver you 25 years of lighting, reduce your energy costs, and give you the novelty — and most likely the functionality — of a light bulb you can control from your phone.

There is a sheer plethora of features that will be available if you install an LIFX in your home:

  • Control your lights from anywhere
  • Choose any brightness for a specific bulb, a room or your whole house
  • Create the colors to match any mood or decor
  • Get notifications such as Twitter, Facebook, Texts and more
  • Reduce your energy consumption and save money
  • Visualise your music with animated colors
  • Make an impression at your next dinner party
  • Get creative with colors and effects
  • Create a night light for your kids
  • Security mode when you’re on holidays
  • Create groups of lights
  • Robot dance like it’s 1999

I’m sure the last point there is relevant to someone, but ….


 

 
On top of all of the pre-programmed abilities, the designers of this new technology are going to be releasing a software developer kit (SDK) and a hacker kit so hackers and developers can do what they like with the bulb, freeing the market for as many apps as can be imagined.

Naturally, the LIFX App will be available for free on the iOS App Store and Google Play, and the developers also have hopes to make apps for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

If you are at all interested in finding out more about this fantastic light bulb, head on over to the Kickstarter project where the inventors — Phil Bosua, Andrew Birt, Andy Gelme, John Bosua, Ben Hamey, Dave Evans and Guy King — have laid out the entire project for anyone to read and understand.

Source: Kickstarter

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I'm a Christian, a nerd, a geek, a liberal left-winger, and believe that we're pretty quickly directing planet-Earth into hell in a handbasket! I work as Associate Editor for the Important Media Network and write for CleanTechnica and Planetsave. I also write for Fantasy Book Review (.co.uk), Amazing Stories, the Stabley Times and Medium.   I love words with a passion, both creating them and reading them.



  • Tomwilliam11

    boddy i totallu agree with you,LED lights they are definitely worth it and a lot brighter

  • http://sustainablefriends.org/ Bobby Khaksari

    Nice post Josh. Sounds like saving energy can now be “cool.” I think it’s important that new energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies take into account the human psyche.

    • http://cleantechnica.com/ Zachary Shahan

      Definitely!

      The #1 type of ad on TV is car ads. They don’t sell on practicality (most of the time) — they sell on the cool/awesome/fun factor. Greenies need to get on board that train full-time. (Actually, that’s largely what we try to do.)

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