Lighting

MIT’s latest glowing plants pave the way for passive lighting in smart cities

MIT’s latest glowing plants pave the way for passive lighting in smart cities

Cities of the future may be powered by light-emitting plants rather than street lamps and other sources of lighting. The concept has been presented repeatedly over the past few years, including by a team of engineers at MIT. Those researchers are back with an update on the glowing plant project they introduced back in 2017, revealing their second-generation plants glow more brightly than the first-gen version.

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Wyze Night Light Review: Deceptively classy

Wyze Night Light Review: Deceptively classy

Wyze, the company you probably best know for its cheap smart bulbs and home security cameras, recently introduced a new product called Wyze Night Light. The name refers to the product -- it's literally a night light. Unlike the cheap night lights you can find at the hardware store, however, this one packs a surprising number of features, as well as a design so classy someone could mistake the light as a permanently installed fixture.

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Philips Hue gradient, bathroom, and ceiling collections expand with lights aplenty

Philips Hue gradient, bathroom, and ceiling collections expand with lights aplenty

Signify revealed an expanded set of "gradient collection" Philips Hue products this week alongside news of pairing with Spotify. The headliner device is the Philips Hue Play gradient light tube, a follow-up and best buddy of last year's big launch in the Philips Hue Play gradient lightstrip. There's a whole bunch of gradient action going on now, courtesy of these and upgraded model Signe floor and table lamps, out in black and white, too.

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Razer Hammerhead earbuds add ANC and Chroma RGB lights

Razer Hammerhead earbuds add ANC and Chroma RGB lights

Razer took things up a notch with a pair of earbuds today, adding Razer Chroma RGB lighting and ANC to the mix. This is the second generation of the Razer Hammerhead True Wireless earbuds, bringing the pair up to modernity with "feed forward ANC" with dual environmental noise cancelling (ENC) microphones. And they have lights. Little RGB lights in your ears, so you can be sure everyone around you knows you absolutely cannot hear what they are saying and do not want to be disturbed.

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Wyze Light Strip brings smart accent lighting to every part of your home

Wyze Light Strip brings smart accent lighting to every part of your home

Wyze is offering another connected light product, this one quite different than its smart light bulb. The Wyze Light Strip, which is now available to preorder, allows users to add accent lighting just about anywhere in their home with peel-and-stick functionality. Unlike most strip lights, the Wyze Light Strip can be controlled with your phone.

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Sony LSPX-S3 wireless glass speaker keeps audio weird

Sony LSPX-S3 wireless glass speaker keeps audio weird

Sony revealed a new sort of speaker this week that keeps the entire experience strange with wirelessness, light, and glass. The Sony LSPX-S3 is a "wireless glass sound speaker" that works with an organic glass tweeter. Using this tech, the speaker is said to deliver "clear and powerful high tones" as well as a "widespread sound with uniform volume dispersion."

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Nanoleaf Elements bring woodgrain to smart lighting panels

Nanoleaf Elements bring woodgrain to smart lighting panels

Nanoleaf Elements were just revealed by the folks that delivered the original triangular light panels. Elements begins with "Wood Look Hexagons", panels with individual wood grain faces and much of the same smart lighting feature set included with each previous Nanoleaf product - save the wide array of color options. These panels are made to be simpler - and more usable by the masses who aren't always seeking full spectrum lighting.

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Philips Hue 4.0 app adds Automations and faster smart lighting control

Philips Hue 4.0 app adds Automations and faster smart lighting control

Philips Hue is getting a new app, and with the fourth-generation there's an increased focus on automation along with easier control to multiple bulbs, lamps, and bridges. It's been a long time since Hue first launched in 2012, and since then the range of lights has increased considerably - along with the expectations of how intelligently those lights act in the home.

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Wyze Floor Lamp learns your light demands

Wyze Floor Lamp learns your light demands

Wyze has revealed its latest product, and the company continues its spread through the smart home with the new Wyze Floor Lamp. Up for pre-order now, the new lamp comes what a Bluetooth remote control to adjust brightness though, Wyze promises, after a few uses you won't need to do that manually.

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Elgato Light Strip and acoustic Wave Panels give streamers an A/V upgrade

Elgato Light Strip and acoustic Wave Panels give streamers an A/V upgrade

Elgato has launched a new Light Strip of color-changing LEDs, along with a set of acoustic panels intent to help streamers cut echo and make their home studios look more enticing. The Elgato Light Strip may not have a clever name, but it does pack 108 RGBWW LEDs along its 79 inch length.

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Wyze Bulb Color is the latest budget IoT product for your smart home

Wyze Bulb Color is the latest budget IoT product for your smart home

Smart home company Wyze is back with a new connected light bulb, one that can -- unlike its previous bulb -- change colors. Called Wyze Bulb Color, the new lighting option enables users to change the color of their home's lighting to suit their mood, as well as utilizing different colors to serve as visual notifications and reminders.

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Philips Hue Wall Switch Module finally makes your old switches smarter

Philips Hue Wall Switch Module finally makes your old switches smarter

Philips Hue has a new line-up for CES 2021, with a fresh outdoor light to make dull walls more interesting, along with a long-anticipated way to make dumb light switches smart. The Philips Hue Wall Switch Module finally settles one of the last big frustrations about the smart lighting system, and is joined by a 2021 update of the Hue Dimmer Switch remote.

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