LiFX wireless and colorful smartphone-controlled light bulb promises to bring the future of lighting on Kickstarter

LiFX wireless and colorful smartphone-controlled light bulb promises to bring the future of lighting on Kickstarter
We’ve been talking about ubiquitous computing for quite a while - from a sci-fi dream to almost reality - but never quite there. We’ve been waiting for big companies like Apple and Google to serve us that future one bright shiny day, but in the past year or so Kickstarter has become the platform where you can not only wait but vote with your dollar to make the future a present reality, and one bold project that grabbed our attention with its innovation is LiFX, the reinvention of the light bulb, if we are to believe its creators.

LiFX is a wirelessly controlled LED light bulb that you control with your smartphone. It changes colors to your liking, it can be dimmed, and it can be programmed to automatically do stuff like change its colors to match the beat of music. Best of all, it’s simply a light bulb with no hefty chips or nothing like that, it’s all inside and connects to your local Wi-Fi network and that’s how you control it.

Here’s how Phil Bosua, one of the creators of the LiFX light bulb explains it:



So yes, Android and iOS support will be there and setup is just as easy as it is with a regular light bulb, which is great news as well. Imagine the possibilities for photographers and those that like to set the dim lights and romantic mood for a dinner, or just impress friends by throwing an awesome home party.

The one slight issue? You guessed it - price. A pledge of $69 or more on Kickstarter, reserves you one LiFX bulb, and you can get this down if you order more than one, but it still seems like a pricey product. If that’s the price of the future coming to your home, maybe it’s worth consideration, though, don’t you think.

source: LiFX on Kickstarter


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6 Comments

1. rihel_95

Posts: 305; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

Enlightened!

2. k_killer

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 27, 2012

ok nice idea, but really stop using those stupid words "never done before", "reinventing", "amazing", oh i think you forgot to use "gorgeous"

3. shadowcell

Posts: 300; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

*switches to rave light show mode* Ladies, please crank up Deadmau5 and pass the hallucinogens.

4. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

Very smart. A much easier way to mix homes and technology. If only we can do that with other home interactions and add voice.

5. jamrockjones

Posts: 345; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

That's cool. Light bulbs are expensive. Pledge $100 and we'll send you 2 light bulbs? That's a lot of money for light bulbs, even if I can turn them on with my phone.

6. SerjKotsuba

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 17, 2012

What is this nonsense? Chinese merchants sell these bulbs (colored and RC) for two years; for example, here - goo.gl/Ae7bh

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