An LED light bulb for under $15

An LED light bulb that can fit into a standard socket, will cost less than $15, and will last 8 years — that’s what Lighting Science Group and Dixon Technologies India are promising for the Indian market this year and global markets next year.

Google Plans to Announce Smart LED Deal With Lighting Science Group

Google is kicking off its big developer’s conference, Google I/O, in San Francisco, this morning, and along with all of the apptastic and Android news that will come out, Google also plans to announce some kind of deal with Lighting Science Group for smart LED systems.

Lighting Science Group to Buy LED Maker Lamina

The LED lighting market keeps consolidating as bigger companies buy out the smaller startups. Lighting Science Group (LSG), an LED manufacturer, said today it’s acquired all of the assets of LED developer Lamina Lighting for $4.5 million in cash; the deal is structured to include “earn-out” payments to Lamina of up to $10.5 million depending on sales of Lamina products.

Lamina previously raised at least $16 million from investors Morgenthaler Partners, Easton Capital, Redshift Ventures, Granite Global Ventures, CID Equity Partners and Mellon Family Investments. So given the assets of the company were sold for an initial $4.5 million in cash, doesn’t look to be such a great deal for the startup. LSG isn’t exactly in the catbird seat either — along with the Lamina acquisition, the company announced that it has entered into an agreement with Bank of Montreal for a $20 million line of credit, which will help finance the Lamina purchase.
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Poll: Will Metered Broadband Make You Switch Your ISP?

While not so uncommon overseas, bandwidth caps and metered broadband are coming to the US market place. Time Warner is the first major cable company to announce its metered broadband strategy & prices for a small Texas market, in what can be described as draconian.

We have written about Bend Broadband of Oregon resorting to such tricks. Comcast, recently proposed bandwidth caps as well. What it means: get ready to pay more and get less for broadband. Will this spur into action, and switch ISPs or look for alternatives. Take our poll and share your opinion.

Run a PBX on the Nokia N800 Internet Tablet

Nokian800thumbThe Nokia N800 continues to surprise, even as I box mine up to send back to Nokia: apparently, you can now run FreeSWITCH on the N800 thanks to a pre-release version. I wasn’t familiar with this platform, so here’s a brief description I read on Ken Camp’s Unified Communications blog:

"FreeSWITCH is an open source telephony platform designed tofacilitate the creation of voice and chat driven products scaling froma soft-phone up to a soft-switch.  It can be used as a simple switchingengine, a media gateway or a media server to host IVR applicationsusing simple scripts or XML to control the callflow.
Wesupport various communication technologies such as SIP, H.323, IAX2 andGoogleTalk making it easy to interface with other open source PBXsystems such as sipX, OpenPBX, Bayonne, YATE or Asterisk."

For any N800 owners that aspire to run a full blown telephony platform on their handheld, you can find the installation code right here. Amazing!

(via Nokia N800 Blog)

Virtual Broadband Service Providers?

The success of virtual mobile operators like Virgin Mobile and Boost Mobile makes me wonder if it is time for us to be contemplating a virtual broadband service provider model for consumers and professionals. The increasing number of alternative broadband offerings makes it quite feasible, at least from a technical standpoint.
Over last few months, WiFi services like Boingo, T-Mobile Wireless, and iPass have added more heft to their offerings, and have seriously boosted their footprint. Pre-WiMax services from the likes of NextWeb, TowerStream, and Speakeasy are now available in more and more locations. Municipalities and cities are building their own infrastructure, despite some serious opposition from incumbents, and are making broadband available to their citizens. And then there is the growing 3G footprints!
The biggest problem with all these offerings is that they are like those islands in the Caribbean – to get there you have to take an expensive ride in a ferry, a boat or an amphibious plane. You get WiFi at Starbucks if you have a T-Mobile subscription, but that won’t work at Tullys’ where you might need Boingo. If I started subscribing to many of these offerings, the seamless mobility becomes too expensive. Fixed broadband at home, and virtual voice services like Vonage and Broadvoice only make everything more expensive. Read More about Virtual Broadband Service Providers?