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Philips Hue, Razer Chroma turn gaming rooms into colorful warzones

Philips Hue, Razer Chroma turn gaming rooms into colorful warzones

It might break the stereotype, but gamers love colors. No, not the painterly colors of graphics artists but the neon glow of their gaming rigs, from keyboards to mice to cases. Depending on their patience and expertise, they can even color code those lights to match their game and mood. But why stop at lighting up accessories? With today’s smart lighting systems, you can even light up your room in the same way. And that is exactly what Philips and Razer have done with its first partnership that puts the Hue and the Chroma together into a dazzling and dizzying light show for gamers.

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Nanoleaf Remote light panel and HomeKit remote hits CES 2018

Nanoleaf Remote light panel and HomeKit remote hits CES 2018

Modular color-changing LED light panel company Nanoleaf is adding a odd remote control, complete with Apple HomeKit compatibility. The Nanoleaf Remote eschews traditional form-factors in favor of a dodecahedron design, with the twelve sides acting as different triggers.

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Ring Stick Up Cam, Beams, Alarm round out home security lineup

Ring Stick Up Cam, Beams, Alarm round out home security lineup

Ring revealed a collection of home security devices this week at CES 2018. These devices include the Stick Up Cam, Stick Up Cam Elite, Ring Beams, Ring Alarm, and a new Ring Protect Plan. This Ring Protect Plan is at the center of the Ring home security push, bringing on 24/7 professional monitoring and cloud video storage for any number of Ring devices at any one location.

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GE bakes Alexa and the Google Assistant into your ceiling

GE bakes Alexa and the Google Assistant into your ceiling

Alexa and the Google Assistant may soon be living in your ceiling lights or light switches, with GE Lighting announcing plans for new, voice-assistant enabled fixtures for the smart home. The updates will come to the manufacturer's C by GE range, which already includes wirelessly-enabled light bulbs and lamps.

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HTC lightbulb may detect your bathroom slips

HTC lightbulb may detect your bathroom slips

HTC has plans for a lightbulb with the ability to detect a person falling down in their bathroom. Much in the same vein as the HTC VIVE and its room-scale VR device detectors, this "illumination device" has a detection function for humans. A human falling down in the room the lightbulb lights will activate a moving antenna to better assess whether the subject is alive or dead.

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GE’s connected bulbs get Alexa and Google Assistant bridge

GE’s connected bulbs get Alexa and Google Assistant bridge

GE is adding voice control to its C by GE Lighting smart bulb range, with a new bridge that will open the door to Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant. The hub, dubbed the C-Reach bridge, plugs into a spare outlet and connects to two of GE's smart bulb lines.

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WiZ smart lighting Review: LED bulbs and projector

WiZ smart lighting Review: LED bulbs and projector

We've been using a set of WiZ smart LED lights for the past week to see how they stood up to their closest competitors. In the world of smart bulbs - especially when we're talking about SIMPLE smart home lighting systems, there's one stand out brand: Phillips hue. Today we're going to run down the reasons why the new-to-America brand WiZ is more than a fly-by-night smart lighting competitor - they might just have hue beat.

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Noon smart lighting replaces switches with OLED touchscreen

Noon smart lighting replaces switches with OLED touchscreen

For most of us, the entry point to the smart home is connected lighting, and that's where startup Noon Home aims to make its mark. Rather than persuading people to switch out their bulbs for wireless versions, like Hue or LIFX, or the lamps themselves, Noon replaces the light switches with smart versions.

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LIFX Tile color-changing LED panel is ambient art

LIFX Tile color-changing LED panel is ambient art

Smart lighting has generally aimed to replace your existing bulbs and lamps, but what if you want something completely different? LIFX believes it has the answer with LIFX Tile, a WiFi-connected modular wall panel system that supports multiple colors. This isn't just lighting, the bulb-maker insists, this is ambient light art.

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LG’s flexible OLED lamps aim to make lightbulbs obsolete

LG’s flexible OLED lamps aim to make lightbulbs obsolete

Next year LG will begin selling flexible OLED lamps to the general public. These are, to put it simply, panels of light as flexible as a piece of paper. While LG's been working on and with these types of lamps and lighting for several years, sources suggest that consumer-aimed flexible OLED lamps may be launched for consumers next year. This is the dawn of the curved light - and almost certainly the precursor to the fully flexible full room smart lighting system as an everyday occurrence.

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Noon smart lighting control may offer Nest-like polish

Noon smart lighting control may offer Nest-like polish

Looks like Hue, LIFX, and others will soon have some new smart lighting competition, with a former Nest exec preparing to launch a rival system of his own. Locoroll is the brainchild of Erik Charlton, formerly a member of the founding team at Nest and the company's head of business. It's been working for more than a year and a half on what appears to be smart dimmer switches for the connected home.

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This floating lightbulb just went Peak Wireless Charging

This floating lightbulb just went Peak Wireless Charging

The Flyte Magnus 2.0 is a flying lightbulb that's powered by a wireless charger. This is a solution similar to what's used in wireless smartphone charging, but also employs magnets to allow the powered bulb to float. Obviously this is not a fantastic solution for families with multiple toddlers, but the concept is certainly an excellent experiment in minimalist design.

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