LG Electronics, the South-Korean multi-national, has launched a new product called the LG Smart Light Bulb that employs Bluetooth or WiFi in our Android and iOS devices to bring some smart features. The new smart lightbulb can be remotely turned on or off using the device connected to it. In 'party mode', the brightness of the light can be varied depending upon the beat of the music played on your smartphone or tablet and it can be made to flash if you receive a phone call. Another interesting feature is the facility to program the light to act as an alarm clock i.e. the light will gradually get brighter from a pre-determined time in the morning till you want it to. All these features are of great help for people with hearing-problems.
And if that's not a lot, the LG Smart bulb features a security mode that makes it possible to turn the lights on for short periods while the user is away on holiday - This would keep burglars away from your house. Most LED Bulbs are great energy savers and last for a long time. LG's Smart Bulb are no exception to that.
Going further, the company believes that the addition of features such as - replying to a text message, receiving email alerts and notification about the door bell ringing - in the future would mean the deaf people or people with hearing impairments will have a much easier life. The bulb is compatible with Google Android 4.3 and above and Apple iOS 4.0 and 6.0. Currently, the LG Smart Bulb is being sold in South Korea at a price of 35,000 won (approx $33). The details about global launch and availability details are yet unknown.
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Source: LG Newsroom Korea
Update: This reminds us of Philips Hue - a home-automation product that combines Wi-Fi with LED home lighting system. An iOS app running on iPhone or iPad can be used to control the bulb. The most interesting part of the Hue is that it changes colours and you can define the colours you want in real time from your mobile app. The bulbs use ZigBee technology to reduce the power consumption and allow signal transfer between the bulbs. Being an open standard, Philips hopes that the developer community will embrace it and develop innovative apps for their new lighting system.
We would love to read your comments on both the interesting products.