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Cree Connected LED Bulb Review – A promiscuous light

Cree Connected LED Bulb Review – A promiscuous light

If the smart home is to catch on, then its constituent pieces have to start playing together nicely. Cree has been pushing the LED bulb envelope - particularly on price - for some time, and now it's the turn of the Connected LED Bulb. Not long ago, fifteen dollars for a wireless light bulb was unthinkable; Cree promises not only that, but cross-platform support for home automation hubs compatible with ZigBee. While it's Home Depot favorite Wink that gets the mention on the Cree box, I was also keen to see how friendly the bulbs would be with smart lighting stalwart Philips hue, not to mention the increasingly popular SmartThings.

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Connected Cree LED Bulb goes conveniently cross-platform

Connected Cree LED Bulb goes conveniently cross-platform

Connected lighting was a big theme at CES 2015, but remotely-controlled bulbs are seldom cheap. That's something Cree is aiming to change with its new Connected Cree LED Bulb, a 60W equivalent priced under $15 apiece and offering wireless compatibility not only with Home Depot's Wink hub, but in fact any hub that's ZigBee certified. From there, control over on/off status and bulb brightness can be made.

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Misfit Bolt hands-on – Wakey wakey, rise and Shine

Misfit Bolt hands-on – Wakey wakey, rise and Shine

Does the world need another connected lightbulb? Misfit believes the answer is yes, and it's taking advantage of its existing place on people's wrists to give its Bolt bulb an edge. Launched at CES this week, the color-changing LED light is quite content to do the usual hue-like switching of tones between different presets; however, it can also wirelessly connect to Misfit's Shine and Flash wearables, along with the Beddit sleep monitor, and tie lighting effects into your sleep patterns.

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Razer Nabu X hands-on: three little lights

Razer Nabu X hands-on: three little lights

Over the past year, Razer has turned their original Nabu wearable device (revealed exactly one year ago) into a bit of an underground hit - thousands sold, but to their fan club members and developers only. Here in 2015, Razer is returning to the scene with the Razer Nabu X, a slightly more simple affair. This device has the same abilities as the original Nabu, but this time you're being notified by three LED lights, not a full screen with text. This unit is a whole lot less expensive, too.

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Misfit Bolt is your connected lighting wake-up call

Misfit Bolt is your connected lighting wake-up call

Misfit has a pretty solid track record with wearables, though the knock is that they’re a bit simple. Their app does a good enough job of feeding you the info their wearables gather, but still — something seems missing. At CES this week, Misfit is announcing they’ve got light bulbs coming, which sounds a bit odd at first. Then you realize they’re connected bulbs, and will work with Misfit’s other wearables like the Flash or Shine. The goal with Misfit’s new Bolt bulbs is waking you up, ever so gently.

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Lenovo VIBE Xtension Selfie Flash brightens up your smile

Lenovo VIBE Xtension Selfie Flash brightens up your smile

Even with the ever increasing megapixel counts of front-facing cameras, selfies are still hard to perfect, especially when lighting is concerned. To that end, Lenovo's latest accessory here at CES 2015 has you covered. The VIBE Xtension Selfie Flash gives you all the lighting support you will ever need for that perfect selfie or wefie, without overburdening the smartphone itself with it's own LED flash, which might be unnecessary most of the time except for those selfies. It'll be there in your pocket or bag when you need it and out of your way when you don't.

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Sengled LED lights boost WiFi, enhance sound at CES 2015

Sengled LED lights boost WiFi, enhance sound at CES 2015

At CES, Sengled is showing off a series of smart lighting devices meant for a myriad of purposes. From music to better WiFi, your lights are about to make your home a lot brighter. Their Pulse Solo is the first LED light with a built in dual speaker for audiophiles, while the Boost is meant to enhance WiFi anywhere in your home. Of course, all this goodness is controlled via their app, so you still won’t have to get up to turn the lights off!

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Elgato Avea Bluetooth LED Bulb Review

Elgato Avea Bluetooth LED Bulb Review

The democratization of the smart home continues, and nowhere is it more visible than in color-changing wireless light bulbs like Elgato's Avea. Pairing Bluetooth Smart with multi-color LEDs and a simple iPhone and iPad app to command them all from across the home, Avea isn't the first such bulb to the market, but with a street price of around $39.95 it's certainly one of the more affordable options. Beyond questions of whether remotely-controlled bulbs are actually necessary, then, has Elgato made a hue-killer or just another flash in the pan? Read on for my full review.

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Hardware hack lets you play Snake on an LED-lit keyboard

Hardware hack lets you play Snake on an LED-lit keyboard

Before there were birds, plants, or candies, there were snakes. The semi-addictive game debuted on Nokia's mobile phones and become *the* mobile game, until colored screens and higher end hardware pushed it into obscurity. But what if you had fond memories of the game, a penchant for modding any hardware you can get your hands on, and lots of time in those hands? Why not recreate the game in the most unimaginable computer possible, as shown in this mod by Jeroen Domburg, software developer by day, hardware modder by night, and creator of possibly the world's first Snake game on a keyboard.

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Hidden LED found on Nexus 6, but can’t be used with notifications

Hidden LED found on Nexus 6, but can’t be used with notifications

The Nexus 6, Google's new flagship smartphone built by Motorola, has only been on the market for a short time, but users have already found a hidden feature that wasn't promoted as one of the device's capabilities. An embedded LED light, capable of displaying red, blue, or green, can be found right behind the speaker at the top of the phone, which was discovered by Reddit user apogee82 on Friday.

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