As part of the fanfare around the launch GE-backed Quirky launching Wink as a separate company dedicated to the connected home, GE is opening up pre-orders for a connected light bulb that will work with the Wink app and only costs $14.97. For a connected, white-light LED that is a crazy low price tag. The upcoming Belkin, LG and Philips Hue light bulbs that will be white-light only are between $30 and $40 per bulb and the colorful connected bulbs are in the $60 to $100 range. TCP has connected white bulbs that are between $27-$33 per bulb, and are on the market today. The GE lights will be in Home Depot stores in the fall, so I can’t wait to see how they work.
Philips is expanding its line of connected light bulbs with a cheaper options, a fancy, design-centric option and a wall-mounted switch. I’ll probably buy the switch.
Connecting your home may seem daunting, but is there enough value in connecting a lamp or a coffee maker to make smart outlets an entry point to the internet of things for mainstream consumers?
Lightbulbs, routers and WeMo maker kits, oh my! Belkin has a lot up its sleeve at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Next week the internet of things will star at the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas. Ahead of all the hubbub my guest, Chester Pipkin, the CEO of Belkin and I discuss what we’re going to see.
Buying connected devices or bringing the internet of things into your home doesn’t have to be a daunting process. Here are some tips I’ve picked up along the way.
Others have long been able to build controls for the popular WeMo line of connected outlets, switches and motion sensors, but Belkin is considering a change to that unfettered access.
A glowing, plastic polar bear out to save his real-world counterparts uses real-time data and electricity consumption sensors to change people’s habits. It’s a good example of how real-time data and ambient information could influence behavior.
Using Wi-Fi for its WeMo connected home products was a smart move by Belkin. Now the company is making good on its promise to bring an official WeMo app for Android 4.0 or better devices.
WigWag has created a sensor and hub package that makes automating and playing with your connected devices more fun. But will its interface be the recipe for consumer adoption of the internet of things?