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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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Philips’ new Hue starter kits simplify the smart home lighting transition

Philips’ new Hue starter kits simplify the smart home lighting transition

Philips has announced an expansion to its Hue smart lighting product line with the addition of two new items, plus new starter kits. The starter kits, of course, are designed to get new customers quickly established with a smart lighting product. The two new models, meanwhile, include one light fixture, the Philips Hue White Ambiance Cher Suspension fixture, plus the new Philips Hue White Ambiance downlight bulb.

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iDevices Dimmer Switch plays nicely with Alexa, Siri, and Google Home

iDevices Dimmer Switch plays nicely with Alexa, Siri, and Google Home

Controlling the smart home has more options than ever, but sometimes you just want a regular light switch to turn on your connected bulbs. iDevices' new Dimmer Switch offers just that, a new in-wall control that, though requiring a little DIY action on your part, promises not only more convenient operation but instant compatibility with some of the popular virtual agents, too. Once installed, it'll work with the Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, and Apple's Siri courtesy of HomeKit.

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IKEA smart lighting gets Alexa, Google Home, and HomeKit upgrade

IKEA smart lighting gets Alexa, Google Home, and HomeKit upgrade

IKEA may not be the first company you think of when it comes to smart home kit, but the Swedish behemoth's newly HomeKit, Alexa, and Google Home compatible lighting might change that. As promised, the IKEA Tradfri range of connected bulbs have been updated, with a new firmware version for the bridge bringing support for a variety of third-party IoT platforms. Given Tradfri's aggressive pricing, it could well make it the go-to choice for those wanting to outfit more than a few lighting fixtures with smart bulbs.

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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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