Intel, Kleiner, DFJ invest $14M into lighting control startup

A new lighting control startup, Enlighted Inc, which says it can cut lighting energy by between 50 and 75 percent, has launched with a splash and $14.2 million from high-profile investors Intel Capital, Draper Fisher Jurvetson and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.

What lighting controls need to grow up: standards

Despite that lighting control technology is finally starting to take center stage, there are still hurdles to the relatively small market. Namely that lighting control companies need to embrace standards to grow the industry and gain customer trust.

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Here’s an update from Daintree Networks, the wireless lighting controls startup I profiled three weeks ago. Daintree told me back then that it was looking for OEM lighting system partners to adapt its software and ZigBee-enabled wireless area controllers and device nodes, and on Wednesday they named one — Boulder, Colo.-based lighting ballast and control system maker Easylite. The two are testing out Daintree’s ControlScope platform in a Colorado warehouse, where they’ve delivered about a 50 percent reduction in electricity use, and are rolling out their combined platform to other customers, Daintree CEO Danny Yu tells me. As for more OEM partnerships, the company isn’t naming names yet. Competitors include wireless system startups such as Adura Technologies and Echoflex Solutions, as well as big lighting controls maker Lutron

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Will ZigBee Rule Networked Lighting?

Stealthy startup Daintree Networks wants to take a slightly different tack than its competitors — deliver ZigBee-based, interoperable lighting controls to market by partnering directly with the incumbents. Will the big boys be interested?

Can a Startup Make ZigBee a Lighting Controls Leader?

Stealthy startup Daintree Networks wants to become the ZigBee-enabled provider of wireless lighting control technology to the big boys in the field. It faces a lot of competition, but its OEM-focused approach on the market could yield big dividends.

I See You: Video Chat Taking Off

Phones with video chat capability have been out in Europe for years, but getting the ability on two of the biggest smartphone platforms will expose the feature to millions who have no idea such video calls are possible. A new comprehensive report details this upcoming boom.