19 Aug '11, 1pm

Google’s open-source, wireless, smartphone-controlled light bulb

Google’s open-source, wireless, smartphone-controlled light bulb

Google continues to roll out new details about its wirelessly-controlled “smart” light bulb, which gets around all the problems usually associated with making a home energy-aware. The latest: the company is working on open-source software that will run on the light bulbs themselves. Instead of re-wiring your house and connecting it to an expensive home energy-management system, Google's new bulbs will contain everything you need to program them to go on and off at certain times, or to turn themselves off after you (and your Android phone, with which they communicate) leave the room. Sticking a computer inside a light bulb might seem like an expensive way to achieve smart home energy management, but the chips the company plans to use will cost as little as $1.70, and less for volume buyers. It's not yet clear exactly which wireless standard the bulbs will use when communica...

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