Using your smartphone as a light switch
Few days ago news hit that internet giant Google bought Nest, an automation developer, for a staggering 2.3 billion dollar. That is even more than it paid for YouTube in 2006. Is this company, that manufactures smoke detectors and thermostats, worth even more than the world’s favorite video website? The answer is yes, and it’s the start of the digitization of household equipment that will also change the world of lighting. Isn’t that something?
From smartphone to smartbulb
If you’ve never heard about “the internet of things”, there’s no need to hide away in shame. Feel free to brush up your knowledge by reading this recent article on the Forbes website. In a nutshell it tells you that all appliances will become connected through the internet;
In the future, every lamp will come with a chip which provides it with an IP-address. This will give you the advantage of being able to control your lighting with your smartphone, computer or even your TV screen. The question is not: “Will my lighting be connected to the internet?” but “When will my lighting be connected to the internet?”
Lumen Smart Bulb
At CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas, there were already some exhibitors who applied “the internet of things” on lighting. For example, the Lumen TL800, a lamp that comes with Bluetooth technology which is controlled by an app. You can choose out of a range of more than one million color varieties and with the disco-function, you can turn your living room into a club in no time.
Philips also joins the ‘smartbulb’ evolution. They created ‘Hue‘, your personal lighting system.
Farewell to the light switch
There’s no limit to stuff you can do with “the internet of things”. You’ll be able to control the energy bill, because you can monitor each lamp separately. Let all lights flash, when you receive a phone call? No problem! Even when you’re away from home, you can switch on the lights from time to time to scare off burglars. Who knows, it might be even possible to dim the lights when your mother-in-law is nearby.
In brief, there will be a day we forgot that we had ever have to use a switch to turn off our desk lamp. Everything will happen at a simple touch on our smartphone. I do predict a tiny problem though: “Can anyone switch on the light? I forgot where I put my iPhone!”
Try it yourself!
Discover Philips Hue
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