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Bluetooth Mesh: What you should know about this IoT revolution

Bluetooth Mesh: What you should know about this IoT revolution

You might associate Bluetooth with cutting the cable between your headphones and your phone, but Bluetooth Mesh aims to make it a ubiquitous backchannel for the Internet of Things. Launched today, Bluetooth Mesh is a way that low-energy radios can build many-to-many (m:m) links between devices, evolving to encompass new gadgets, temporary blackouts, and more. Initially, it's setting its sights on the lucrative smart lighting segment.

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IKEA smart lighting price confirmed; HomeKit, Google Home, Alexa incoming

IKEA smart lighting price confirmed; HomeKit, Google Home, Alexa incoming

IKEA is continuing its assault on the smart home, with its new TRÅDFRI smart lighting range undercutting stalwarts like Philips Hue when it hits US stores this spring. The popular homewares and furniture company - known as much for its competitive pricing as its flat-pack, self-assembly products - has confirmed US pricing for the connected bulb range. Notably, the TRÅDFRI line-up will support Apple HomeKit, Google Home, and Amazon Alexa support natively.

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Your Hue lights now play nicer (and smarter) with Xfinity Home

Your Hue lights now play nicer (and smarter) with Xfinity Home

If you've embraced the smart home with Philips' Hue connected lights, and you're an Xfinity Home subscriber, your fancy lighting options are now becoming even cleverer. The two companies have announced a deal this morning which sees Hue light control brought under the umbrella of the Xfinity Home app. There, it joins IoT gadgets like Nest's smart thermostat and August's connected locks.

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C by GE Sol, a futuristic lamp with Alexa, will arrive in September

C by GE Sol, a futuristic lamp with Alexa, will arrive in September

In early December 2016, General Electric unveiled a new lamp with a futuristic design and integrated Amazon Alexa. Called C by GE, this lamp has an unusual circular ring-like design with built-in lights and a diffuser that eliminates the need for a lamp shade. Though the company detailed its features at the time, it didn't provide any information about availability or pricing. That changed today, with GE announcing when the lamp will be available and how much you'll have to pay to get it.

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Lutron smart lighting systems get Google Assistant integration

Lutron smart lighting systems get Google Assistant integration

Lutron has announced that its connected lighting systems now work with Google Assistant, enabling users to control their home's lights using voice commands. The new Google Assistant integration works with the company's HomeWork QS, Caseta Wireless, and RadioRA 2; homeowners can control the system using the Google Home device or one of the Android smartphones that offers Google Assistant. The integrations will be fully available by this summer.

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This Alexa update makes Echo your smart bulb’s best friend

This Alexa update makes Echo your smart bulb’s best friend

Amazon has dramatically improved how Alexa, its smart assistant found, works with connected bulbs, allowing users to control color and white light temperature by voice. The tunable lighting control update, announced today, allows developers to integrate color and temperature control with simple voice commands, and is compatible with some of the most popular connected bulbs on the market. It's a feature which has been much-requested by smart home fans.

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Lightform device details from the company’s CEO

Lightform device details from the company’s CEO

Yesterday we brought you a brief rundown of what Lightform was and will be, and today we’ve got a few more bits and pieces from the company’s CEO. Lightform is a company and a device - the device works with a projector to scan any environment and project light into that environment unique to that environment. This sort of technology has existed in the past, but with Lightform, it’s being prepared for the everyday average consumer.

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Heng Balance Lamp uses floating wooden balls as a power switch

Heng Balance Lamp uses floating wooden balls as a power switch

A new successful Kickstarter campaign presents the Heng Balance Lamp, a modern lamp with a minimalist design and natural wood appearance. Unlike most lamps, the Heng Balance Lamp doesn’t have an obvious power switch — this is because the two seemingly decorative wooden balls in the middle turn the device on and off, also appearing to float in the air thanks to embedded magnets.

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Razer Project Ariana hands-on at CES 2017: gaming room lighting gets wacky

Razer Project Ariana hands-on at CES 2017: gaming room lighting gets wacky

Razer's Project Ariana was used this week at CES 2017 to show the potential of Razer Chroma lighting in full-room immersion. The company announced earlier today that they'd be making Razer Chroma open to 3rd-party partners, meaning more companies could bring millions of colors of light to their devices. Project Ariana is a device that lights up a whole room - and it's not just a concept for Chroma Lighting. This is a real-deal product that Razer says will be a production device - available for purchase - by the end of the year 2017.

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Aurora lights turn triangle patterns into rainbows

Aurora lights turn triangle patterns into rainbows

The folks at Nanoleaf have an interesting set of lights prepared for living rooms wishing for colorful accents with "Aurora." The Aurora system is a modular smart lighting solution that allows the user to control each panel from a smartphone. The user configures the lighting grid however they like, then turn the lights on, off, dim, and color-change all from a smartphone screen.

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C by GE futuristic LED ring lamp includes Alexa voice support

C by GE futuristic LED ring lamp includes Alexa voice support

General Electric has taken the wraps off a new futuristic ring-shaped lamp called the C by GE. Not only does the C feature a design you’d expect to see in some future-minded sci-fi movie, GE boasts that it also has ‘Jetsons-like’ voice support thanks to the inclusion of Amazon Alexa. According to GE, this is the first time Amazon’s personal assistant will be available within a lighting product sans a related hub or other device like an Echo. This means anyone can use Alexa via the lamp itself.

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Star Wars Death Star LED desk lamp doubles as a night light

Star Wars Death Star LED desk lamp doubles as a night light

There’s a new Death Star lamp on the market, and it boasts three different lighting options. During the day, this lamp simply looks like a Death Star-themed desk lamp. At night, though, it takes on a whole new look by illuminating either the themed lampshade, the glowing base, or both the lampshade and the base at the same time. Thanks to this multi-lighting design, the lamp could also be used as a night light.

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