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Today in stop it tech, you're drunk: this smartphone-controlled candle

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Prometheus may have stolen fire from the gods, but even he couldn't have pinched the flame from this smartphone-controlled candle. Why? It's password-protected.

This is the LuDela — which is a real candle with a real flame (and yes, it's a real product), but it comes encased in all the sensors and electronics necessary to charge consumers $99 for candlelight. The candle itself is a refillable insert ($7.99 for 30 hours of light) which fits into a battery-powered exterior shell.

This shell connects to your phone via Bluetooth and allows you to light and extinguish the candle remotely via an app (which comes with its own child lock). Our ancestors only dreamed of such power. You can also set timers for the LuDela, hook up multiple candles into a single network that can be controlled in concert, and built-in proximity sensors will detect when the device is jostled and extinguish the flame automatically.

It is completely, completely ridiculous product, and yet it manages to be more functional (and cheaper) than some of the other connected smart lights we've seen on the market. Order now for shipping in early 2017 and prepare to master the primeval power of fire. Just don't forget to charge it.