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

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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:
LIFX is the smartest light bulb you've ever experienced. It's a wifi-enabled, energy efficient, multi-colored bulb that you control with your iPhone or Android. LIFX gives you unprecedented control of your lights, reduces your energy costs, lasts up to 25 years and delivers an amazing range of experiences we think you’ll love.
LIFX is incredibly easy to set-up. Simply replace your existing bulbs with LIFX smartbulbs, download and install our free app from the App Store or Google Play and you're good to go.

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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posted on 17 Sep 2012, 06:39 3

1. rihel_95 (Posts: 301; Member since: 21 Mar 2012)


posted on 17 Sep 2012, 07:30 1

2. k_killer (Posts: 1; Member since: 27 Jan 2012)

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

posted on 17 Sep 2012, 07:34

3. shadowcell (Posts: 300; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)

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

posted on 17 Sep 2012, 08:39

4. speckledapple (Posts: 892; Member since: 29 Sep 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.

posted on 17 Sep 2012, 12:03

5. jamrockjones (Posts: 345; Member since: 26 Oct 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.

posted on 17 Sep 2012, 12:13

6. SerjKotsuba (Posts: 1; Member since: 17 Sep 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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