21 May '11, 3am

Wifi Light Bulbs: Smart Step or High-Tech Clutter?

Wifi Light Bulbs: Smart Step or High-Tech Clutter?

What if every light bulb had its own unique Internet IP address? Netherlands-based NXP Semiconductors asks this question in announcing its new Internet-enabled Smart Lighting network powered by the GreenChip this week. My immediate question: Why would I want my bulbs to have IP addresses? NXP believes the possibilities with its new smart lighting technology, which allows compact fluorescent and LED lights to be controlled by any Internet-enabled device, are endless: “You could monitor, manage and control every light bulb from any Internet-enabled device–turning lights on and off individually, dimming or creating scenes from your smartphone, tablet, PC or TV–to save energy as well as electricity costs,” NXP states. “Your ‘smart lighting’ network could have dozens or even hundreds of appliances connected through a wireless network designed for maximum energy savings, communi...

Full article: http://www.motherearthnews.com/natural-home-living/wifi-l...

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