Hey Android, did you switch off the Lights?


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Finally, after a laborious six months of working, the date of your summer vacations is drawing near. You're going off for one week to Vegas, basically to rid yourself off some money which you earned this year. So, luggage, tickets, cologne, phone charger, tickets, shoes, lousy grin- check, check, check. Everything is in order. Your group of friends calls you up, they're already waiting at the airport and you'll have to rush now. You run to your car, dump everything inside, open the garage and back out your car to leave. After reaching at the airport and settling in your seat at the airplane, you ask yourself "Did I switch off all the lights???". After returning from the trip, you realize you had left 3 lights on. *facepalm*

So, what do you do in such a case? If only, you could speak into your smartphone and say, "Hey Android, did you switch off the lights or not?"

That's a question all smartphone users would be able to ask and get appropriate answers, pretty soon. Phil Bosua and his team from San Francisco, CA are coming out with the latest in smart technology. The project, called LIFX, is basically a smart light bulb which is wi-fi enabled, energy efficient and can be controlled using your iPhone or Android phone. LIFX is pretty easy to set-up. You can choose from three different varieties of lightbulbs which can be fitted into any light fixture. Once that is done, all you need to do is get the app from App store and Google Play. Fix the light bulb, switch on the light and launch the app. After that, the user can do a lot of stuff with this bulb-app arrangement.


via lifx.co

  • Control your lights from anywhere
  • Choose a specific brightness for a specific bulb, a room or the whole house
  • Visualize your music
  • Create colors to match to match any mood or decor

The LIFX works on the master-slave concept and is applicable for power voltages in the range of 110V-260V, so that it includes the voltage point used in many of the countries apart from US.

The project was launched on September 15, 2012 at Kickstarter and the funding ended on November 14,2012. As of date, the project has a total of $1,314,542 pledged of the $100,000 goal with a total of 9236 backers for this project.

Check out their page at Kickstarter and their Home Page as well.

LIFX is a glimpse of what the future has to offer to us in terms of control and comfort. Control has already made the shift from our environment to our pockets and palms now, this is another step in that direction. Crowd sourcing is furthering the goal of achieving creative ideas and highly innovative products like LIFX. The day isn't too far, when you wouldn't even need a physical smartphone to control everything in your environment, your thoughts would suffice that objective.

You wouldn't even need a physical smartphone to control everything in your environment, your thoughts would suffice that objective.

LIFX is just another reason, apart from Nelly Furtado singing, to turn off the lights now.

Nelly Furtado - Turn Off The Light (via NellyFurtadoVEVO)

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