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Belkin WeMo teams with TCP for smart lighting

Belkin WeMo teams with TCP for smart lighting

The WeMo app will soon work with TCP lightbulbs, further widening the environment for smart things everywhere. TCP and WeMo have announced a partnership which will leverage the WeMo ecosystem. TCP, a leading manufacturer of lightbulbs, will incorporate WeMo connectivity in with a number of their LED bulbs, allowing them to work with the WeMo app. Both TCP and WeMo have promised combined products early 2015, and all products in this team-up will work with the one official WeMo app for mobile devices.

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BeON smart bulbs learn light patterns to scare away invaders

BeON smart bulbs learn light patterns to scare away invaders

It's a common tactic: if you're going to be away from home overnight, you leave a lamp on. This will hopefully make opportunistic thieves think twice before breaking in, leaving doubt about whether someone is home. This is an old trick, though, one that has since been augmented with light timers to simulate something a bit more real. That is the basis upon which BeON, a new smart light bulb system, is designed -- and, unlike lamps and timers, BeON bulbs include a few extra features that'll cover all the bases.

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Avi-on Bluetooth light switch sticks to any wall

Avi-on Bluetooth light switch sticks to any wall

Imagine deciding you would like a light switch at some specific place in your home where no switch exists, and being able to add it simply by sticking a switch to the wall like a giant Bluetooth-toting sticker, no cutting or wiring necessary. Such is the nature of Avi-on, the latest product in the growing number of home-centric connected devices. The Avi-on light switch works in conjunction with various GE connected devices, including its Bluetooth light bulbs and Plug-In Smart Dimmer, and is joined by a mobile app.

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ColorUp lamp is a portable color-picking mood light

ColorUp lamp is a portable color-picking mood light

We've seen color-picking styluses, some that are real and some that are not, but Pega D&E has taken the technology in a different direction: a squeeze-able lamp with a color picker on the bottom that changes the color of the light. Called ColorUp, the lamp is the byproduct of years of development, and though it won't be illuminating any rooms in your home, it makes for a unique portable mood light. We've got a video of the ColorUp lamp switching colors available after the jump.

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Double O magnetic LED bike lights make cycling safer

Double O magnetic LED bike lights make cycling safer

Cycling is the favorite mode of transportation for many -- it is cheap and good for the environment, but it does have one big downside: the hazard that comes with sharing roads with cars. Lights are an important part of staying safe, as we all know, and Double O wants to make sure they don't become a problem of their own.

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Belkin’s WeMo Smart LED Bulbs launch in US and Canada

Belkin’s WeMo Smart LED Bulbs launch in US and Canada

Belkin's WeMo Smart LED Bulbs and LED Starter Set are both now available in the United States and Canada, expanding the options available for automating one's home lighting. Both work with related iOS and Android apps, and can be nabbed from Best Buy and Amazon, among other retailers.

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Sentido touch-panel light switch can be programmed for smart homes

Sentido touch-panel light switch can be programmed for smart homes

Smart lighting is finding its way into more homes, and as such ordinary light switches are no longer good enough. Mobile devices, of course, are the primary way for one to interact with smart lighting, but sometimes it is easier to flip a switch than to fire up a smartphone. That's where the Sentido touch-based light control panel comes in.

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WigWag Filament Smart Color LED bulbs go up for pre-order

WigWag Filament Smart Color LED bulbs go up for pre-order

WigWag's Filament Smart Color LED light bulbs and the platform devices that control it all -- including other Internet of Things devices -- have gone up for pre-order and are set to ship this fall. With the Filament bulbs comes the WigWag Relay, which the company calls "the brains of the operation".

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Philips Hue Beyond bakes wireless LEDs into dual-zone lamps

Philips Hue Beyond bakes wireless LEDs into dual-zone lamps

Philips has launched Hue Beyond, a new range of luminaires that integrate color-changing remote control bulbs into a line of ceiling, pendant, and table lamps. Building on the standalone Hue bulbs but integrating them into lamps, each Hue Beyond model actually includes two different lighting scenes that can be independently controlled for uplight and downlight purposes.

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Elgato Avea takes on Hue; Eve HomeKit sensors teased

Elgato Avea takes on Hue; Eve HomeKit sensors teased

Elgato is wading into the smart home space, launching a new wireless lightbulb and teasing an iOS 8 HomeKit compatible range of sensors dubbed Elgato Eve for launch later this year. Elgato Avea hooks up via Bluetooth Smart, thus requiring no hub unlike Philips' popular hue system, and is controlled via an iPhone and iPad app with various preset color scenes.

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Philips Hue Lux Review: Wireless light at a lower price

Philips Hue Lux Review: Wireless light at a lower price

Selling people on the concept of Philips Hue color-changing bulbs generally isn't hard, but convincing them on the cost of the system can be tougher. Into the mixture, then, steps Hue Lux, slashing the price of the bulbs though giving up on color as a compromise. At just under thirty bucks a bulb, has Hue Lux finally got the balance right?

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LightFreq color-changing bulb speakers add voice notifications

LightFreq color-changing bulb speakers add voice notifications

Lightbulbs that talk to you may not sound like the very first thing your smart home needs, but LightFreq believes they'll help give its color-changing speaker lamps an edge over Sonos, hue, and others. The crowdfunded bulbs have already more than tripled their Kickstarter goal of $50k with time to spare, and so are adding voice notifications to the feature list.

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